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What can I eat after a tooth extraction?

Tooth extractions in Van Nuys can be quick and painless with the right dentists on your side. At The Dental Care Center, our dentist in Van Nuys can help protect your oral health and restore a missing or damaged tooth with aesthetic and lifelike dentistry. 

After oral surgery, you must follow your dentist’s instructions on aftercare and the healing process. One of the most common things your dentist in Van Nuys will ask you is to make sure you eat an appropriate diet after a tooth extraction. 

How to Eat and What to Eat After a Tooth Extraction

Make sure you only chew on the opposite side of your mouth from the extraction site. You’ll likely consume more liquids than solids while healing, but we strongly advise against using a straw. A straw can dislodge a blood clot or damage soft tissues, which can add time to your recovery.  

You should only eat soft foods or liquids in the first 24 hours after surgery. Acceptable foods include yogurt, pudding, Jell-O, ice cream, pureed soup, broth, and applesauce. Avoid anything hot, spicy, hard, crunchy, or chewy that can irritate the mouth.

After the first day, you can try mashed potatoes or bananas, oatmeal, scrambled eggs, pancakes, and the like. 

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Before your treatment begins, your dentist will review with you detailed instructions of the healing process, including acceptable foods and drinks.

If you have any questions about your tooth extraction or recovery, please give us a call today.

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