December 17, 2017
The thought of having your wisdom teeth pulled can sometimes cause a little anxiety. Understandably, it’s not the most desirable situation for you to be in. One item of concern is what foods you’ll be able to eat after the procedure. Thankfully, your dentist has information on what you can safely eat and what activities to avoid so that you can heal properly.
What is Involved in Wisdom Teeth Extraction?
Your wisdom teeth are the third molars on each side of your mouth, top and bottom. They require extraction when they grow in crooked, which can lead to crowding, misalignment of your other teeth, tooth decay and infection, if neglected.
The process begins with your dentist giving you anesthesia or numbing the area. After the tooth is removed, you will be given a piece of gauze to bite down on and hold in the vacated area for 30 to 45 minutes after the procedure is done to limit the bleeding.
Five Foods You Can Eat After an Extraction?
The main idea to keep in mind in regard to what to eat to after an extraction, is that whatever you choose should be soft and creamy. Here are five foods that are okay to eat:
- Smoothie – A smoothie is a good choice for nutrition after an extraction. It’s a quick and easy way to blend multiple ingredients together and consume them in a single beverage.
- Apple Sauce – A healthy, yet tasty snack to eat after your extraction is apple sauce. Also, apples contain antioxidants that help to fight infection and are anti-inflammatory.
- Yogurt with Honey – This is another great option because yogurt is full of healthy bacteria that prevent infection and vitamin D, which is excellent for bone-teeth health. And honey has been known since ancient times to have wound healing properties.
- Honey Tangerine Gelatin – Honey and tangerine make a deliciously great duo for encouraging healing. Again, honey has remarkable healing properties, while the tangerine is full of vitamin C, a key antioxidant that reduces inflammation and fights infection.
- Tomato Soup – Tomatoes are full of vitamin C. Puréed into a soup form, they release all their medicinal qualities into the entire batch. Tomato soup also allows you to have a hardier meal after your procedure.
What to Avoid after an Extraction
There are some activities that you should definitely stay away from after an extraction:
- Smoking – Smoking releases toxins in your mouth that work in direct opposition to the healing that you need to take place.
- Solid Foods – You should avoid eating solid foods immediately after your procedure, and initially consume foods like those listed above.
- Aspirin – It’s definitely in your best interest to avoid taking aspirin because it is a blood thinner, and can slow down the healing process.
Don’t panic about having your wisdom teeth extracted. Your dentist in Maple Valley will guide you through the process so that you can heal fast and return to your normal life.
About the Author
Manpreet Dhaliwal, DDS received his undergraduate in biochemistry from the University of Washington and went on to earn his Doctor of Dental Surgery from the University of Detroit Mercy. He practices at Four Corners Family Dentistry and can be reached for more information through his website.
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