What to Eat After an Extraction

Updated: Nov 18, 2020

One of the perks of getting an #extraction is all the comfort food you get to eat after, whether it's ice cream or mashed potatoes. It is equally important not to eat things that can irritate the mouth post-surgery. Here is our list of the top 6 foods you can eat after an extraction.

1. Ice Cream

The ultimate go-to food item after an extraction is ice cream. However, if you have especially sensitive teeth then this may not be the best option for you. Choose a creamy flavor that will soothe your gums as opposed to a flavor that is more crunchy and chewy. It is also better to eat it in a cup over a cone as the hard texture of the cone can irritate your mouth. The coldness of the ice cream can reduce swelling in the mouth and won’t be strenuous for your jaw muscles either. Remember not to add in those extra sprinkles!

2. Smoothies

One of the best things you can have after an extraction is a smoothie. Choose your favorite fruits and then blend them into a smoothie. It is healthy as it is made of fresh fruits, yet it is soft and soothing for your teeth and gums. Add in some yogurt to your smoothie for extra protein and nutrition. It will also reduce the acidity that may be caused by the fruits and could in turn bother your gums.

3. Scrambled Eggs

Another healthy and nutritious food item that is ideal to eat after an extraction is scrambled eggs. However, make sure they are not too hot as that could irritate your post-surgery gums. They are easy to chew and gentle on the mouth.

4. Applesauce

Delicious and healthy, applesauce will increase your fruit intake while being gentle on your gums and avoiding irritation. It'll increase fiber in your diet as well as nutrition and of course vitamin C. It is a much healthier alternative, as it is natural compared to processed foods such as ice cream etc. and thus it will boost your immune system making your healing faster.

5. Mashed Potatoes

Mashed Potatoes are the best comfort food you can have after an extraction. It's high calories and nutrients will make your recovery and healing faster and smoother. In just a couple of bites, you will get the energy you need. Again, make sure that they are not too hot as that could irritate instead of soothing it. Having them lukewarm or cold is ideal for post-extraction.

6. Greek Yoghurt

Completely natural yet delicious! Greek yogurt is something you can enjoy after an extraction. Healthy and high in protein, its smooth texture will soothe the pain and make you feel better. It is also rich in vitamins and minerals, which will also boost the immune system and aid recovery.

With these 6 food items, you can be sure to recover within no time at all. Not only are they delicious but they will boost your immunity and give you just the energy you need after the surgery.

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