After having wisdom teeth removed, a wound is created within the gums and alveolar bone. Improper care of the wounds in your gum can lead to serious and painful infections. One of the most important things to know is when a tooth is removed you will have to change the way you eat until your wound has healed.
What to Eat and Not to Eat
Avoid: Do not eat anything hard, crunchy, crumbly, sticky, spicy or hot. You should also avoid tobacco products.
Eat: Soft, cold or room temperature food. Good examples of these are ice cream, smoothies, pudding, yogurt, and soup.
Avoid: Straws – Never use a straw for anything. Using a straw creates a suction action within your mouth and could dislodge blood clots that your body formed over your wounds to heal. If the blood clot is dislodged it could cause bleeding, possible infection, or dry socket. You should also avoid, alcohol, hot drinks, caffeine products, and carbonated drinks.
Drink: It is important to drink plenty of fluids during the healing process and keep your body hydrated, the best way to do this is to drink water. You can also substitute meals for smoothies and other nutritional drinks.