Have you ever learned a few emergency dental tips? For instance, if you break or knock out one of your permanent teeth you should try to put it back into place, or soak it in milk, as you make your way to emergency dental care. This tells us that calcium and Vitamin D are good for the teeth, and this is a useful tip for those about to have wisdom teeth removal.
This is because you may need to consider the different nutrients that will be of use to your body before, during, and after wisdom teeth extraction. Naturally, calcium is an obvious choice because it is going to fortify your jaw as well as the other teeth in your mouth, which are also going to feel the effects of wisdom tooth removal. You will also experience a bit of blood loss, and that mean you want a lot of iron-rich foods too.
The best advice is to eat up to eight hours before the wisdom teeth removal procedure, and to be sure you eat all of your favorite foods that will be difficult or impossible in the days after the surgery. Plus, you must be sure you get adequate nutrition and fluid intake. This means plenty of water and healthy food in that period before the wisdom teeth extraction.
The Days After
Once the wisdom tooth extraction is done, you are not likely to be hungry for a few hours. This is often to do with the fatigue that usually follows any worrying or stressful feelings about the process; any medications that can make you tired or groggy; and any discomfort from the extraction or the anesthetic that leaves you feeling “numb”.
Within a few hours, however, you may be starving and craving your usual diet. Do yourself a huge favor and stop to consider the conditions in your mouth. Following wisdom tooth removal you may have some stitches, you will have small openings from which the teeth were pulled, and you may be unable to easily chew and swallow. So, it is the classic “soft diet” for you.
You also have to consider some of the problems that can develop from making the wrong dietary choices. For example, just consider two main issues of concern:
- Dry socket; and
Eating to Avoid Dry Socket
Dry socket is not a common issue, but it occurs enough to make it important to do all that you can to avoid it. For one thing, if you smoke on a daily basis you will want to refrain from doing so in the hours before the extraction and in the days that follow. Not only does the smoke cause problems with circulation, preventing the skin from healing properly, but it also creates suction in the mouth when you inhale the smoke. This is often a leading cause of dry socket. The same thing happens when using a straw, and that means to avoid this too.
Infection is due to the introduction of food particles or bacteria that cannot be removed by brushing and flossing. Because of this, you want choose foods that do not demand a lot of chewing (health smoothies, yogurt, soups, purees, etc.) and which won’t allow particles to become trapped in your mouth and causing problems.