Blond Female Touching CheekNo one necessarily wants to have a tooth extracted, but it is something that has to happen for some men and women in Virginia Beach. And while mild discomfort is often associated with a tooth extraction, many patients find it helpful to know what they can and can’t eat in the days following their procedure. Watching your diet after having a tooth removed can prevent a lot of pain and complications. Keep reading as we discuss some important diet tips to follow after a tooth extraction with one of our doctors.

Should I Eat? Should I Not Eat?

After any type of procedure, it’s crucial to consume healthy, nutrient-rich foods. These foods help patients recover well and more quickly overall. It’s important to maintain a diet of protein, vegetables, fruits, healthy fats, and carbs to aid in your recovery after a tooth extraction. Our doctors recommend Virginia Beach men and women stock up on the right types of foods before their procedure. This will ensure you’re not forced to run to the store for food while you have a sore mouth.

Maintain a Liquid Diet for the First 24 Hours After a Tooth Extraction

Our doctors recommend that their patients maintain a liquid diet for the first day after their tooth extraction. Remember, it’s still possible to consume healthy foods, even if they are liquid. For example, consider bumping up your protein intake with a smoothie or protein shake. While a liquid diet is necessary for a limited time, it’s important to remember that you should not use a straw to drink. The sucking motion that occurs with the use of a straw can cause the needed blood clots at your extraction site to become dislodged. This is a painful complication called dry socket, and it’s not something you want to deal with. Instead, use a spoon to “eat” thicker liquids, or simply drink from the rim of the cup or bowl with thinner liquids.

Some additional liquids to consider immediately following your tooth extraction are:

  • Water
  • Puréed soup
  • Fruit juice
  • Vegetable juices
  • Bone broths
  • Vegetable broths

Eat Soft Foods for Several Days After Your Procedure

Virginia Beach patients who have a tooth extraction with one of our doctors should maintain a soft foods diet for several days after your procedure, once you’ve been cleared to move on from your liquid diet. It is important to avoid eating spicy foods or acidic foods after a tooth extraction, as they can irritate the open surgical site.

To help you get started on your grocery list, here are a few foods recommended by our doctors:

  • Greek yogurt
  • Cottage cheese Instant oatmeal
  • Mashed potatoes
  • Mashed bananas
  • Scrambled eggs
  • Banana ice cream
  • Ripe avocado
  • Hummus
  • Boiled eggs
  • Applesauce
  • Flaky fish
Call Our Doctors at Coastal Virginia Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery in Virginia Beach with Any Questions About Your Diet After Tooth Extraction

From the front office to the exam room, our practice is made up of professionals who take your oral health very seriously. Using state-of-the-art equipment designed with safety and efficiency in mind, we are able to offer high-quality care. Your safety and comfort are our priority.

After you have a tooth extraction with one of our doctors, it is important to follow the diet we detailed in this blog to ensure you have a smooth recovery.

If you have any more questions regarding what you can or can’t eat, please don’t hesitate to call our office in Virginia Beach at (757) 426-6155.