What Should You Feed Your Child After Getting a Tooth Extraction?
Being told your child needs a tooth removed can be quite a shock. You might wonder why they need an extraction, how much pain they might experience, and what you can feed them.
Childhood tooth extractions are sometimes necessary due to tooth impactions, to provide room for other teeth to grow in, or because a tooth is damaged. Your child’s dentist will address various methods for decreasing their discomfort during and after the tooth removal, as well as their diet options. Even after a tooth extraction, consuming enough calories and proper nutrition is crucial in children.
Recommended Foods for Children Post-Tooth Extraction
- Fruit juices and other liquids: Apple, orange, and cranberry juices provide much-needed fluids and vitamins. Even though they do contain higher amounts of sugar, they can give your child some quick energy.
- Popsicles: Popsicles are ideal as they function as a temporary ice pack to help relieve pain, discomfort, and swelling. If your child is still numb due to the procedure, a popsicle can prevent them from biting their cheek, tongue, or lips.
- Applesauce: Most children like applesauce, and since it’s pureed, it doesn’t irritate the sore area of the mouth. It can also be served chilled or warm if that makes it more appealing to your child.
- Eggs: Not only are eggs a good source of protein and vitamins, but they are also soft and can be prepared in multiple ways.
- Yogurt: Another food with high nutritional value is yogurt, which is also smooth and requires no chewing, which could cause discomfort after tooth extraction.
- Smoothies: Smoothies can be made with fruits and flavors so that you can appeal to the likes of your little one. Be sure any fruits or other chunks of food are entirely blended before serving.
- Steamed vegetables: We all know it’s ideal for kids to eat their veggies, but steaming them can make them softer and easier to chew.
- Pasta: Soft pasta is an ideal choice several hours or a few days after tooth removal. Before serving, make sure it isn’t too hot and is thoroughly cooked. Pasta is a good source of carbohydrates.
- Mashed beans. Mashed beans are another nutritional and helpful food for your child to enjoy. Whether offering baked, black, pinto, or lima beans, ensure everything is mashed well and soft enough to eat.
- Milkshakes and ice cream: These foods make a great reward, work like ice in the mouth, and are easy to consume.
When Can Your Child Have Soft Foods?
Your child may begin eating soft foods several hours after the procedure or even the next day, as long as chewing doesn’t cause them any discomfort and the numbness has worn off. Encourage and remind your child to chew on the unaffected side of their mouth; however, they can resume chewing on both sides when it feels comfortable for them.
Questions about Your Child’s Dental Health?
Whether your child is a picky eater or will eat anything you put in front of them, there are many options for feeding them after a tooth extraction. If you have questions about your child’s dental health or tooth extraction, our team of dental professionals is here to help. Contact Pediatric Dental Care - PDOC by phone at 901-363-8192 or request an appointment today.