Why No Dairy After Tooth Extraction?

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We learned about tooth extraction, which is when a dentist removes a problematic tooth. This can be necessary due to reasons like tooth decay, damage, infection, or wisdom teeth causing pain. It’s essential to take care of our teeth and see the dentist regularly to avoid such issues.

After tooth extraction, it’s best to eat soft foods to aid healing and avoid certain foods and drinks like dairy, caffeine, alcohol, spicy, crunchy, and acidic foods that could slow down the healing process or cause discomfort. Specifically, dairy should be avoided because it can interfere with blood clotting, increase swelling, raise infection risk, and potentially lead to complications like dry sockets.

We’ll discuss these topics in this blog:

What is Tooth Extraction?

Tooth extraction is when a dentist takes out a tooth that’s causing problems. It’s not the first choice, but sometimes it’s necessary because of:

  1. A rotten tooth that’s hurting the gum and root.
  2. A broken tooth that can’t be fixed is dangerous to keep.
  3. An abscess or infection around a tooth.
  4. Wisdom teeth grow in a bad way or cause pain.

Taking out a tooth is not fun and can be scary. That’s why it’s important to take good care of your teeth and see the dentist regularly. Infections in our mouths can be very serious because they’re close to our brains. So, even if you’re scared of the dentist, it’s important to get help if your mouth hurts.

Lots of us will have to get our wisdom teeth taken out to avoid causing problems for other teeth. The best thing you can do is to take good care of your teeth so you don’t need to have them removed.

What is safe to use after tooth extraction?

After getting a tooth pulled out, your mouth will be sensitive, so you’ll want to eat soft foods. Don’t worry, there are still tasty options available! Here are some good foods to eat:

  • Water
  • Scrambled eggs
  • Mashed potatoes
  • Soup
  • Soft bread without crust
  • Boiled soft veggies
  • Mashed beans
  • Cooked spinach
  • Soft fruits without seeds

These foods are gentle on your mouth and packed with good stuff to help you heal faster.

Foods to Avoid After Tooth Extraction

After getting numbed for the tooth extraction, you can eat once the numbness wears off. But for a few days after, you should stay away from certain foods and drinks that could make things worse:

  1. Tea
  2. Coffee
  3. Alcohol
  4. Soda
  5. Energy drinks
  6. Dairy stuff (like milk, cheese, yogurt, ice cream)
  7. Crunchy foods (like cereals, nuts, and chips)
  8. Spicy foods
  9. Acidic foods

Caffeine and alcohol can make the wound bleed more. Spicy, hot, and acidic foods can irritate it and slow down healing. Crunchy foods might get stuck and cause problems.

In the UK, they say to avoid dairy after a tooth extraction because it might cause more swelling and discomfort in the wound.

Why Avoid Dairy After Tooth Extraction?

Here’s why you should skip dairy after getting a tooth pulled:

  • Slower Healing Dairy has lots of calcium, which messes with blood clotting. This means more bleeding at the spot where your tooth was pulled. Plus, it can cause inflammation, making healing take longer.
  • More Swelling Dairy proteins can make the area around your tooth more swollen and painful.
  • Risk of Infection After a tooth is pulled, it’s like having an open wound. Dairy can carry bacteria that might cause an infection, so it’s best to steer clear.
  • Dry Socket Trouble When you get a tooth pulled, a clot forms in the gap to help it heal. If that clot gets messed up or doesn’t form right, it’s called a dry socket. Dairy can up the chances of this happening, which is painful and slows down healing.
  • Taste Bud Trouble Dairy can leave a coating in your mouth that messes with your taste buds. Plus, it can make more mucus, which can mess with your taste, too.


Tooth extraction is a common dental procedure aimed at resolving issues like decay, damage, infection, or wisdom teeth discomfort. While it may be necessary in some cases, it’s important to prioritize dental care to prevent such problems. After extraction, sticking to soft foods and avoiding certain items like dairy, caffeine, alcohol, spicy, crunchy, and acidic foods can promote faster healing and reduce the risk of complications. Dairy, in particular, should be avoided due to its potential to hinder clotting, increase swelling, heighten infection risk, and lead to complications like dry sockets. By following these guidelines and maintaining good oral hygiene, individuals can ensure a smoother recovery process and overall dental well-being.


Q1. Is it okay to drink milk after getting a tooth removed?

A1. No, avoiding milk for a few days after getting a tooth removed is best. Your mouth is sensitive, and milk could introduce bacteria to the wound, risking infection.

Q2. Can I eat yogurt after a tooth extraction?

A2. Yes, yogurt or similar dairy products can be good because they’re less likely to irritate your gums. But avoid using a straw as the sucking motion can harm the healing process.

Q3. Can I have ice cream after a tooth extraction?

A3. Yes, ice cream can be soothing after a tooth extraction, as long as you avoid hard foods that could cause pain or irritation to your gums.

Q4. How long should I wait before drinking milk after a tooth extraction?

A4. It’s best to wait at least 3-5 days before drinking milk or consuming any dairy products after a tooth extraction to prevent infection.

Q5. Can I eat eggs after a tooth extraction?

A5. Yes, eggs are a great choice because they’re soft and rich in nutrients. Scrambled eggs are especially easy to eat after oral surgery.

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