Your Guide to Gentle Eats and Speedy Recovery After Tooth Extractions

What to Eat After a Tooth Extraction

Tooth extractions can be a bit uncomfortable, but knowing what to eat (and what to avoid) can make a big difference in your recovery. Here’s a guide to help you navigate your diet after a tooth extraction in Rolesville.

The First 24 Hours: Soft and Easy Does It

For the first 24 hours, stick to soft foods that are easy to chew and swallow. These include:

  • Yogurt
  • Pudding
  • Jell-O
  • Ice cream
  • Applesauce

Beyond Day One: Expanding Your Options

After the first day, you can gradually introduce more solid foods, such as:

  • Mashed potatoes
  • Mashed sweet potatoes
  • Scrambled eggs
  • Oatmeal
  • Pancakes
  • Broth-based soups

Foods to Avoid After a Tooth Extraction

It’s important to avoid certain foods that could irritate the extraction site or delay healing. These include:

  • Hard or chewy foods: Crackers, nuts, popcorn, and chewy candy
  • Crunchy foods: Chips, raw vegetables, and granola
  • Hot beverages
  • Acidic foods: Citrus fruits and tomatoes
  • Straws

How to Eat After a Tooth Extraction

Here are a few tips for eating after a tooth extraction:

  • Chew on the opposite side of your mouth from the extraction site.
  • Take small bites and chew slowly.
  • Avoid hot or spicy foods.
  • Rinse your mouth with warm salt water after meals.

Questions? We’re Here to Help!

If you have any questions about what to eat after a tooth extraction, don’t hesitate to call our Rolesville dental office at 919-556-6761. We’re here to help you have a smooth and comfortable recovery.

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