Food After Tooth Extraction

By dentist Dr. Richard Mitchell

Choosing the best food after tooth extraction is very important, for a number of reasons. Of course, we all have different tastes and preferences, but there are some important rules to follow to get your gum to heal up quickly, avoid getting an infection in the socket, and to stay healthy.

We want the tooth socket left behind after the extraction to fill with a blood clot, and gradually heal from there. So we want to avoid dislodging the blood clot, which would leave an empty socket behind increasing your chances of getting a dry socket.

How do we avoid dislodging the blood clot?

The first rule is to NOT rinse vigorously, nor swish water (or any liquid) around your mouth forcefully. If you swish water around your mouth forcefully, you run a high risk of washing out that critical blood clot in the first 24 hours.

The second rule is to avoid foods that may dislodge the blood clot. What foods should you avoid? Basically anything that

  • has small pips or seeds, such as raspberries or strawberries.
  • requires chewing to break down, like a steak.
  • contains hard or sharp pieces, like potato chips, nuts or crispbreads, for example.
  • French fries
  • Crusty bread
  • Muesli
  • Pop corn

So what foods ARE suitable following a tooth extraction?

Best Food After Tooth Extraction

When I had a molar tooth removed recently (March 2020), I found I was ready to eat something a few hours later, after the numbness from the anesthetic had worn off. I decided on 2 lightly scrambled eggs with a mashed potato, mixed with a small knob of butter and some salt.

I found this really easy to gently chew - actually I just took small forkfuls from the plate, and used my tongue to break the food up a little. I ate really slowly, and tried to keep the food on the opposite side of my mouth to the extraction socket.

For a little treat as dessert, I had some plain chocolate ice cream - no chocolate chips or nuts in it! The cooling sensation was really nice in my mouth, and again I ate really slowly, just taking a small spoonful at a time.

Those 3 foods are ideal, especially in the first 48 hours following a tooth extraction. Just scrambled eggs, mashed potato, and some plain ice cream.

Other Best Food After Tooth Extraction?

Of course, we all want a bit of variety with our food, and there are other possibilities following a tooth extraction.

Eggs can be cooked in several ways;

  • Scrambled
  • Boiled
  • Omlette or potato tortilla

Other Main Course Ideas;

  • Hummous
  • Guacamole (no chips or nachos!)
  • Soft cheese
  • Mashed or baked potato
  • Soft pasta
  • Macaroni cheese
  • Tofu
  • Baked beans
  • Soft fish
  • Parsnip or swede mash

Desserts;

  • Ice cream (without any bits, like choc chip)
  • Frozen yoghurt
  • Mashed banana
  • Pancakes
  • Jello
  • Rice pudding

Amazingly, you can get almost any food delivered to your door from Amazon - especially useful if you cannot get out to the supermarket for whatever reason.

Just click on THIS LINK to go to cheese section of the food and beverage department of Amazon, and then just search for anything else you want.  You can even do your entire weekly shopping there!

I hope this guide to the best food after tooth extraction is helpful. I will be adding more advice and foods in due course, so please bookmark this page and check back soon for updates!

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