Nobody wants to have a tooth extraction, but sometimes it’s the only way you can get out of pain and back to smiling. Tooth extractions are much more comfortable than you would expect, however it’s understandable that you may want something to help soothe and relax you after your procedure. Coffee is often a popular choice, but is it safe to drink when you just received a tooth extraction in Orlando? Read to find out!
When Is It Safe to Drink Coffee After an Extraction?
In order for your mouth to heal properly, you should avoid your favorite cup of coffee at least for the first few days. As long as the extraction site heals day after day, you’ll be able to carefully sip a caffeinated beverage about 5 days once your tooth has been removed. Then, in 2 weeks, your mouth should be completely healed. However, if you notice an increase in soreness, or other issues in your mouth, don’t hesitate to contact your dentist.
What Can You Eat or Drink After Your Tooth is Removed?
Thankfully, you won’t have to fast after a tooth extraction. Instead, you can follow this diet to stay full without harming the extraction site:
- When you return from the dentist’s office drink two to three glasses of water and eat a small meal, avoiding your extraction site.
- Your meals should consist of soft and bland foods during the first few days after your tooth extraction like mashed potatoes, soups, refried beans, cottage cheese, smoothies, and more.
- Be sure to drink plenty of liquids to stay hydrated but avoid hot beverages (like coffee).
How to Promote Healing
Maintaining the right diet is a significant part of the healing process, but there are many other steps you can take to ensure your safety, including:
- Avoiding vigorous exercise during the first 24 hours
- Resisting the urge to rinse—be sure to wait until the next day before gently rinsing your mouth with saltwater
- Resisting the urge to use tobacco or drink alcohol during the first 24 hours
- Avoiding drinking through a straw during the first 24 hours
- Taking medications your dentist prescribes as instructed
Although you can’t drink coffee right away, following these instructions will allow you to keep your smile safe. And don’t worry, by maintaining a healthy healing process, you’ll be able to get back to your favorite cup of coffee before you know it!
Meet the Dentist
Dr. John E. Russo is a highly trained dentist who only performs tooth extractions when completely necessary. With over two decades of experience, and various recognitions, including being selected as one of Orlando Magazine’s “Top Dentists” from 2008 to 2020, you can trust your smile with Dr. Russo. If you have any questions, he can be reached through his website or by phone at (407) 843-2112.