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What Foods To Eat After Wisdom Teeth Extraction
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What Should I Eat After Wisdom Tooth Removal?
So you've just had your wisdom teeth extracted and you're wondering what is alright to eat. The irony is that I'm writing this hub just hours after having my upper wisdom teeth removed myself. This being the case, I have some experience with knowing what is ok to eat and what isn't.
The number one rule is to eat soft foods. You want to cause as little additional trauma as possible to minimize the risk of bleeding and dry socket, and eating soft, liquidy foods that don't require chewing is key.
DO NOT USE A STRAW
Whatever you do, do not suck on a straw. This could dislodge the blood clots and potentially cause dry socket.
Safe Foods to Eat After Tooth Extraction
Here's a starter list of safe foods to eat after you've gotten your wisdom teeth pulled. They all require little to no chewing and should sustain you until you can eat solid foods again. Keep in mind this list is not the end-all-be-all. If you know of something that is liquidy, nonacidic, and easy to swallow then by all means eat it!
- REALLY scrambled eggs
- Mashed potatoes
Basically the less viscous the food, the better. You want something that will just slide down your throat, and something nonacidic. This means soda and other carbonated beverages are a no-no.
The carbonic acid in soda will dissolve your clots and weaken your stitches if you've got them. The same can be said for juices containing citric acid and alcohol.
What Not To Eat After Wisdom Tooth Extraction
The list of foods that aren't safe to eat is pretty long, so instead of listing practically every food known to man, I'll give you the qualities you should avoid.
Vittles to Avoid
- Crunchy food
- Hard food
- Chewy food
- Acidic food/beverage
- Spicy food
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