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What foods are best to eat after a tooth extraction?

At Chesapeake Bay Dentistry, our mission is to take all measures possible to save a damaged tooth. This is because the best tooth is your natural tooth. But when we cannot preserve it, we will perform a tooth extraction to remove your tooth entirely and avoid further problems.

After your tooth extraction procedure in Annapolis, MD, your surrounding teeth may be sore, and you will have an empty socket in place of your tooth root sealed by a blood clot. During the first week post-extraction, one of your main goals is to protect this clot while the underlying tissue heals.

Soft Food and Liquid Diets Are Ideal after an Extraction

Here are some foods and practices that will help during your recovery:

  • Cool soups with few chunky ingredients
  • Smoothies
  • Mashed potatoes
  • Scrambled eggs
  • Pasta
  • Avoid spicy or acidic foods
  • Avoid using a straw for anything, as suction can dislodge the healing tissue
  • Take a few days off from hot beverages, which can dissolve your healing tissue

Any crunchy or hard foods may get stuck in your empty socket or cause further soreness. Focus on softer foods and non-hot drinks, and avoid chewing gum or sucking on hard candy that may inadvertently cause suction against your empty socket.

The good news is that with care, your mouth should heal relatively quickly, and you can return to your regular diet with some precautions while you think about your tooth replacement options.

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