When you just had your teeth pulled out, you stick to eating foods you can chew easily. Soft food doesn’t need to be bland as you recover. You can include healthy and delicious foods in your diet as a part of your tooth extraction aftercare.
Tooth extraction aftercare tips
You can be a candidate for tooth removal if you have the following problems:
- Tooth decay
- Infection in the tooth or gums
- Periodontal or gum disease
- Misalignment due to crowded teeth
- Impacted wisdom teeth
- Trauma-induced damage to the teeth
Once done with the dental extraction, the common post-care tips your dentist will give you are the following:
- Take the prescribed painkillers to relieve discomfort.
- Apply an ice bag outside your mouth for every 10 minutes, just right on the extraction area.
- Take a full rest for the whole day after your wisdom tooth extraction.
- Reduce activity in the following days.
- Rinse your mouth with saltwater after 24 hours.
- Brush and floss your teeth as usual, but avoid the affected area.
- Do not smoke.
Soft foods to eat while you recover
Soups, broths, and oatmeal are classic examples of foods you can eat after tooth extraction. Most people find these foods bland, especially after eating them repeatedly. The great news is that there are tasty foods you can eat for your tooth extraction aftercare.
Avocados are a favourite in vegan and ketogenic diets because of their healthy fats and low carb content. An avocado’s creamy texture is a delightful way to eat your way through your recovery from a molar extraction. Mashing or whipping avocadoes even makes them more enjoyable.
A banana is a great fruit to snack on after your dental surgery. It contains vitamins B6 and C, manganese, potassium, magnesium, and copper, among other nutrients. Eating mashed bananas can make the texture even softer and more comfortable to chew.
It might come as a surprise since most people can’t eat fish after a wisdom tooth removal. However, salmon is easy to chew, thanks to its smooth texture. Packed with protein, vitamins, and minerals, it also has omega-3 fatty acids that help reduce inflammation.
You might miss the crunch of apples, but you won’t miss its taste by dishing on applesauce. Applesauce is a rich source of fibre, vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants. Its high levels of vitamin C can boost your immune system, helping speed up wisdom teeth healing.
Greek yogurt is a tasty low-fat snack you can enjoy because of its creamy consistency. It is high in calcium, zinc and protein, and less in sugar. Calcium is good for your teeth, while zinc and Protein can aid in tooth extraction healing. Meat is rich in zinc, but you can’t eat it. Hence, Greek yogurt is an excellent alternative in fighting off tooth extraction infection.
Eating while recovering from a recent teeth surgery doesn’t need to be boring. Consult your Toronto dentist to know what other foods you can eat for your tooth extraction aftercare.
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