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how long do I have to wait to drink soda after having a tooth

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how long do I have to wait to drink soda after having a tooth pulled
Submitted: 8 years ago.
Category: Dental
Expert:  Julian Chen replied 8 years ago.

You should be able to drink soda just a few hours after the extraction. However, make sure whatever you drink (soda/water/juice), do NOT drink from a straw. The negative pressure produced by the lungs would be capable pulling the clot out from the socket. You'll want to lightly sip the fluid, with the help of gravity and then gently swallow without swishing around in the mouth.

The same applies to brushing your teeth. Do not vigorously rinse, because we don't want to risk dislodging the blood clot. After about 4-5 days, then you can go back to your normal routine.