I Had A Tooth Removed. Can I Eat What I Want?
Posted on 7/4/2022 by Dr. Johnson
|If you are one of the millions of Americans who have had a tooth removed, you will want to give your mouth time to heal. While your mouth is healing from a tooth extraction, you need to be careful about what you eat. Here are some tips for what foods to eat and what foods to avoid.
What to Eat After a Tooth Removal
After a tooth removal, some people prefer to eat cold foods, while others prefer warm foods. What you need to remember is that the food you consume for the first day or two after your tooth removal should be soft. For example, if you want cold foods, you might want to consume ice cream, yogurt, sorbet, and smoothies. If you want warm foods, you may want to eat soups or mashed potatoes. Be sure that your food is not frozen solid or boiling hot, because your nerves around the tooth removal area are going to be sensitive.
After you're done eating, you will want to rinse your mouth out with salt water or antibacterial mouthwash. You won't want to brush the area around your newly extracted tooth for a few days as well.
What Not to Eat After a Tooth Removal
There are foods you will not need to eat for a while after you have a tooth removed. First, you will not want to attempt hard-to-chew foods, such as steak, corn on the cob, or apples. Avoid hard-to-chew foods for a few days after surgery.
Also, avoid overly chewy or sticky foods, such as taffy, caramels, or toffees. These chewy foods stick to the surface of your teeth which makes them difficult to remove in the best of times. Also, because all of these chewy candies are so hard to remove, the sugar stays on your teeth for longer and invites tooth decay.
Finally, you will want to avoid sharp foods that may cut your mouth, such as chips and hard candies. You don't want an edge to poke the hole where your tooth used to be, because that will be painful. If you have questions about a tooth and what you should do after you have a tooth removed, you should consult with a dentist.