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What to eat after a tooth extraction and if i wash or ...

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What to eat after a tooth extraction and if i wash or rinse after eating?
Submitted: 8 years ago.
Category: Dental
Expert:  Dr. George McKee replied 8 years ago.
Dear ,

Thank you for your question and welcome to Just Answer.

Here are the instructions I give my patients after at
tooth removal. They should be applicable in your situation:

When drinking any liquids immediately after a tooth extraction, do not use straws. Drink from a glass. The sucking motion can cause more bleeding by dislodging the blood clot. You may eat anything soft by chewing away form the surgical sites. High calorie, high protein intake is very important. Nourishment should be taken regularly. You should prevent dehydration by taking fluids regularly. Your food intake might be limited for the first few days. You should compensate for this by increasing your fluid intake. At least 5-6 glasses of liquid should be taken daily. Try not to miss a single meal. You will feel better, have more strength, less discomfort and heal faster if you continue to eat. Caution: If you suddenly sit up or stand from a lying position you may become dizzy. Therefore, immediately following surgery, if you are laying down, make sure you sit for one minute before standing.


No rinsing of any kind should be done until the day following surgery. You can brush your teeth the night of surgery but rinse gently. The day after surgery you should begin rinsing at least 5-6 times a day especially after eating with a cup of warm water mixed with a teaspoon of salt. You may begin brushing the area of the extraction site gently 48 hours after surgery.

I hope this answers your question.

If you have any concerns regarding this issue that I have not addressed, please let me know and I will get back to you with more information.