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What foods can I eat after having teeth removed?

If you're scheduled to have teeth removed you may be wondering what you'll be able to eat after the procedure. Our Morden dentists provide some tips on what to eat, and what to avoid after your dental surgery.

If you have damaged teeth that are threatening the health of your other healthy teeth, your dentist may recommend having them extracted. You will be advised to eat a healthful diet featuring soft foods while you heal.

Though your schedule may differ depending on your dentist’s recommendations and other factors, we’ve compiled a general timeline of what should be safe to eat at different stages of recovery – and provided some important facts about when you’ll be able to enjoy all the foods you love again.

Why eat soft, healthy foods after teeth are extracted?

While having a tooth extraction is a common procedure, maintaining a healthy diet of soft foods, following your dentist’s instructions and managing self-care are critical to ensuring the recovery process goes smoothly.

You’ll want to do this to avoid complications or infections, which can result from bacteria or food particles becoming trapped in the extraction area.

What can I eat after a tooth extraction?

For 3 to 5 days

Generally, you’ll want to ensure that you eat lots of soft, mushy food and ensure you get plenty of liquids for 3 to 5 days. This can include:

  • Smoothies
  • Potatoes (regular, mashed or sweet)
  • Pureed or mashed vegetables such as squash or carrots
  • Apple sauce
  • Yogurt
  • Blended soups (easy to eat, hydrating and rich in nutrients)
  • Pudding
  • Broths (filled with minerals and essential vitamins to help you recover)
  • Jell-O
  • Regular ice cream or banana ice cream
  • Seedless, pureed fruit

As you start to heal, gradually integrate more regular, semi-soft foods such as:

  • Macaroni and cheese
  • Scrambled eggs
  • Instant oatmeal
  • Toast

be sure to allow your food to cool before eating, and keep the incision area clean according to your dentist’s recommendations. Also, remember to take your medications as prescribed.

Which foods should I avoid?

For 1 Week or More

For those first few days, the extraction site will be vulnerable to infection. You’ll want to avoid foods that may inflame the area or lead to complications, such as:

  • Grains (quinoa, rice)
  • Alcohol
  • Seeds
  • Crunchy, tough or crumbly foods (hamburgers, jerky, popcorn, pizza, etc.)
  • Spicy or acidic foods (peppers, citrus juice)

For 2 to 4 Weeks

You may love these snack foods. However, you should avoid eating them until your mouth is fully recovered, as they may stick in the wound and disrupt healing.

  • Popcorn
  • Nuts
  • Chips

When can I start eating normal food after a tooth extraction?

Many patients find they can eat normal food again within a week of having teeth removed. Eating a diet full of delicious, healthy and soft foods in the days and weeks following a tooth extraction is imperative to your quick recovery.

As long as you consume the right foods – and avoid foods that may delay or hamper your recovery – you’ll feel more comfortable and help reduce your risk of infection.

Are you experiencing signs of a dental health problem such as swelling or pain in your jaw, red or swollen gums, or bad breath? You may need a tooth extraction. Contact our Morden dentists to book an appointment today.

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