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Eating After Wisdom Tooth Extraction

If you’re going through a wisdom tooth extraction in Spring and Richmond, TX, you might be worried about what comes after. Chances are, you’ve thought a lot about what kind of foods you should avoid. Not to worry, the dentist in Richmond, TX can recommend foods to make sure you won’t starve. We’ve compiled a do’s and don’ts list regarding eating for once you’ve had your wisdom teeth removed.

The Don’t List

  • First of all, avoid drinking using a straw while recovering. It could rip your stitches out or cause blood clots which will lead to dry socket.
  • Avoid sodas and other carbonated beverages: they can also contribute to dry socket by loosening blood clots.
  • Avoid eating the crunchy foods such as popcorn, nuts, and chips. They are difficult to chew and might end up getting stuck in the extraction sites in your mouth.
  • If you want to avoid stinging sensations and pain, then make sure you don’t consume acidic foods or drinks.

The Do’s List

  • Enjoy any liquids such as broths and soup. You should partake in lukewarm beverages because you might experience sensitivity to extreme temperatures.
  • For your first 24 hours after surgery, you want to avoid foods that require you to chew. So, some post-surgery options are yogurts, Jell-O, pudding, and applesauce.
  • If you want something that feels like it’s starchy and filling yet soft enough to avoid chewing, you can try mashed potatoes. These are great because it’s possible to add flavors to them like gravy, sour cream, butter, cheese, and garlic.
  • When you’re ready to start chewing foods again, you can try out eggs because they’re still soft and you can eat them with nearly anything.
  • A light and fluffy option that’s going to be easier on your surgical sites is pancakes! You can also make bread easier to eat by letting it soak in your saliva for a couple of seconds.
  • If you prep it right, you can even have pasta. Mac and cheese is a wonderful option because you’re able to swallow the noodles without chewing or you can chew them up with just your front teeth. Overcooking is also an option because it makes them even softer.
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