Tooth extraction is, unfortunately, necessary in cases when a tooth is beyond repair. Not only that, sometimes a tooth needs to be extracted because it is impacted, which is often the case with wisdom teeth, or because there is not enough room in the jaw for all the teeth.
In any case, those who think that their job is done once the scariest part - the extraction - is over, are mistaken. Tooth extraction requires a lot of aftercare to avoid complications. After a tooth is extracted, the area where it used to be is bound to be a little swollen and there will probably still be some blood, not to mention the pain. It is only logical that the consumption of normal foods will be limited at least for a few days. This is why dentists advise their patients to only eat liquid and soft foods.
Soft foods after tooth extraction
Soft foods can be defined as foods that do not require chewing and that can be swallowed directly. People usually do not have much of an appetite after having a tooth extracted, but not eating is unhealthy.
Clear soup is one of the best and most popular soft foods after tooth extraction, although it can also qualify as liquid food. The soup does not have to be completely clear, some vegetables or meat can be added but they need to be blended well so there is no need to chew them.
Another great option is milkshake. Everyone loves milkshake, which is why it is one of the most popular foods after tooth extraction. However, it is not allowed to sip it with a straw, because the suction movement can dislodge the blood clot formed at the extraction site and aggravate the bleeding. Ice cream, instant pudding, rice pudding and similar foods are also allowed.
Mashed potatoes, especially with herbs and sour cream, are another great meal option after tooth extraction. Scrambled eggs, oatmeal, smoothies, ground beef, broth, jello, mashed vegetables even baby food - these are all great options for those who have just had a tooth extracted.
Forbidden foods after tooth extraction
Basically anything that is hard to chew, crispy, crunchy or otherwise chewy is not recommended for at least a couple of days after a tooth extraction. Vegetables are allowed, but not raw. They should be steamed or boiled. Those who cannot live without fruit should stick to bananas, because they are the softest food. Spicy foods are on the top of the list of foods to avoid after tooth extraction, because they can irritate the extraction site. Alcoholic beverages are not allowed, neither is cigarette smoking.