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What can I eat and drink after a tooth extraction?

Having a tooth extraction doesn't have to be stressful, especially if you know how to take good care of yourself afterward. Part of your post-surgery home care will be to eat and drink the right foods after your surgery to allow the best chance of a smooth recovery. Here's what you should know.

Eating the Right Foods and Beverages after a Tooth Extraction

Sticking to soft foods the first few days after your surgery will allow your surgical site the best chance for proper healing. Here are some ideas:

  • Yogurt
  • Applesauce
  • Mashed potatoes
  • Oatmeal
  • Soup
  • Scrambled eggs

Be sure to eat foods at room temperature, as scorching foods may aggravate your extraction site. 

It is also important not to use a straw for drinking or smoke cigarettes for at least 72 hours after surgery, so you don't cause the blood clot that forms on your extraction site to dislodge. The blood clot plays an integral role in the healing process and protects your surgical site from developing an uncomfortable condition called dry socket.

Our team is here for you if you have questions or concerns about recovering after your tooth extraction. Contact The Smile Shop at (919) 941-5549 for more information.

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