Blood! Pain! Complications!
These are three words that no one wants to hear after a tooth extraction. Everyone wants to make sure that your mouth heals problem-free, and you never have to deal with this anymore.
Of course, that’s a lot easier said than done. One of the most important parts of your recovery is not only the foods you should eat but also what not to eat after a tooth extraction.
We’ve put together a small list of foods you should avoid, or at least reduce your intake of, during this critical time after wisdom teeth removal.
Sugar has always been enemy number one for dentists.
More specifically, the problem they have is with refined sugar. As delicious as it is, it’s also the favorite food of some particularly malicious bacteria – the S. Mutans.
The key here is balance.
In our guide to eating after wisdom tooth removal, we named several soft sugary foods to eat. Still, you should avoid relying too heavily on sugary foods, especially after wisdom tooth removal. It’s also important to avoid extremely sugary drinks like soda, at least for the first few days after surgery.
2. Potato Chips
No one will ever mistake potato chips as a healthy food option, but they’re especially bad for you after wisdom tooth extraction.
Chips have a tendency to get stuck in all the small places in your mouth. This is especially dangerous when the wounds from the tooth extraction are still fresh, since a piece of food that gets stuck in a socket could lead to all kinds of complications.
Also, since Potato chips are crunchy, hard, and can often become sharp once you bite down and cut them into smaller pieces, they can be extremely damaging to the sensitive gums near the extraction area.
3. Gummy Snacks
Gummy snacks are full of sugar, but there’s a reason why they have their own special appearance on this list.
Snacks like Gummy Bears have a tendency to leave sticky bits in all the nooks and crevices in your mouth. This means it’s especially risky to eat when your mouth is trying to heal after surgery. Just like potato chips, you don’t want to get food stuck in any of those sensitive areas in your mouth during the healing process.
Not only that, but the extra amount of chewing you’ll have to do to eat something like this can be damaging to your recovery. Gummy snacks can be almost as tough a food to chew as a steak, or even a granola bar.
Speaking of granola…
4. Protein Bars & Granola
Here’s another food that may not seem that bad on its face, but just like several others on this list, it can lead to complications after surgery.
Granola and Protein Bars are crunchy and require a lot of chewing. Eating them can seriously cause damage to the sensitive tissue around the extraction area, which is healing after the dental procedure.
There’s no way you didn’t see this one coming. Alcohol has a place on this list for plenty of reasons.
The problem is that alcohol is both highly acidic and full of sugar. Both qualities make it a pretty bad option for your dental hygiene in general, but there’s an even more scientific reason to avoid it.
It turns out that our mouths have an important biological balance they maintain by producing saliva naturally. This is called the microbiome balance, and it prevents the buildup of plaque and ensuring optimal oral health. When you drink alcohol, your mouth’s ability to make saliva gets hindered. This explains why you wake up with a dry mouth the morning after a party.
Your mouth needs all the natural hydration it can get, especially through saliva production. If the saliva flow is reduced, it can lead to the possibility of a bad oral infection. This is something you’re already susceptible to post dental procedure, so you definitely don’t want to press your luck.
Now that you know what not to eat after tooth extraction, check out our guide on foods that are safe to eat after you’ve had your wisdom teeth removed!