What to Eat After a Tooth Extraction

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Did you just get a tooth extracted or are you about to get a tooth removed? Whatever the reason may be, one thing you’ll have to think about when your procedure is over is what you can or can’t eat. Don’t worry, these aren’t food guidelines and restrictions for the rest of your life. They’re just in place during your recovery period so that you can heal quickly without any hiccups along the way. To help make things a bit easier for you, here are some foods that are safe for you to eat after a tooth extraction. Also remember NOT to drink using a straw for at least the first 24 hours.

Soup (Lukewarm or Cool Temperature)

Liquids and soft foods are your friends post-tooth extraction, which makes soup a great go-to. There are many different varieties so you don’t have to get tired of eating the same ol’ kind. The important thing, however, is that it shouldn’t be hot soup. Foods that are too hot may end up irritating your treatment site, so make sure to bring your soup to room temperature or go with a cold soup like gazpacho.

Scrambled Eggs

Scrambled eggs are soft and easy to chew so they’re another popular choice for those recovering after a tooth extraction. It’s even better that they’re a healthy choice packed with protein. Just make sure that the eggs aren’t piping hot when you decide to dig in.

Mashed Potatoes

Mashed potatoes are excellent comfort food, and because of their creamy texture, they’re also excellent for tooth extraction recovery. If you’re getting sick of traditional mashed potatoes, mix it up and make some mashed sweet potatoes instead.


Smooth, creamy yogurt is easy to eat and good for you, too. In fact, yogurt is high in calcium which makes it particularly helpful for strengthening your teeth. If you normally mix in granola with your yogurt, try to steer clear until your extraction site is healed so those crunchy bits don’t hurt your recovery. Smoothies and puddings are also easy to eat. And if you are feeling a little sorry for yourself, go ahead and have some ice cream. Just don’t go for something chunky like rocky road.

Advanced Dentistry of Woodland is here to help!

If you need any additional guidance on what to do after your tooth extraction, there’s no need to feel confused or lost. Just reach out to us and we can give you the information you need. We offer a wide array of services at our Woodland office. When you recover from the extraction be sure to contact us to discuss restoration options if needed, or to schedule your next cleaning and exam. We look forward to seeing you again.

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