Posted on 11/25/2019 by Crossroads Family Dental
|Are you in need of a tooth extraction? Can you eat what you want after this type of procedure?
There certain foods that should definitely be avoided following any type of oral trauma. Our goal is to answer all questions regarding what to do following a tooth extraction.
What Is an Extraction?
Extraction is often needed to relieve pain from a broken tooth or an infection, and to remove an adult permanent tooth. In all instances, we will do everything we can to save the tooth prior to extraction, as it does cause trauma to your mouth.
Avoid Foods with Spice As That Can Hurt the Sensitive Tissues
Spicy foods, such as peppers, should not be eaten. The heat and spice can cause pain and irritation, which could hinder the healing process following the extraction.
Avoid Crunchy Foods
Crunchy foods, like potato chips, can lodge themselves into the empty cavities, which can slow the healing process. Nevertheless, pretzels are something else you shouldn't have as a snack following any oral trauma, including an extraction.
Avoid Using a Straw
The suction of a straw can create dental complications, such as a dry socket. This is when the blood clot becomes dislodged, leading to exposed nerves and pain. The use of the straw should be avoided for at least a week.
Following a tooth extraction, you need to be careful to not poke, prod, or bump the area. However, you also need to keep the area clean. It means brushing as close to the extraction spot as you can get, without pain. Then, making sure to rinse the mouth thoroughly with an antimicrobial mouthwash to help keep that extraction site clean.
We also recommend using salt water to help the site heal up more quickly, so you can get back to your normal routines. Contact us today and schedule follow up appointment to ensure your extraction site is healing properly.