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5 Things You Can't Do After Wisdom Teeth Removal

Use a Straw

After your wisdom teeth removal, you may be tempted to use a straw to drink your mostly liquid diet. This is a bad idea, because the suction required to make a straw work can loosen the blood clot that forms at the site of your surgery, thus delaying the healing process.

Drink Alcohol

Alcoholic beverages shouldn't be a part of your mostly liquid diet immediately after your wisdom teeth removal. Drinking can impede the healing process and also negatively interact with antibiotics and pain relief medications. Alcohol is generally permissible 24 hours after your surgery, but talk to your oral surgeon about whether it's a bad idea to mix drinking with your prescribed medications.


While smoking negatively affects dental health in general, it can be particularly harmful after wisdom teeth removal. The suction required to "take a drag" off a cigarette can dislodge the blood clot that forms at the site of a surgery. Additionally, nicotine in tobacco can break down the blood clot, so you should abstain from smoking for at least five days after your procedure.

Consume Hot Foods and Drinks

Eating hot foods and drinks after wisdom tooth extraction is discouraged, because this can cause the blood clot at the surgical site to break down. Foods that are considered spicy are also discouraged regardless of temperature, because they tend to irritate the surgical site. Soups and drinks should be room temperature. Be sure to follow your oral surgeon's recommendations on when you can begin consuming hot foods and beverages.


If you lead an active lifestyle, it will be important to remember that wisdom teeth removal is a surgical procedure that requires rest. Avoid strenuous physical activity for three to four days after your surgery, as it may cause bleeding at the surgical site. Spend most of the day in bed immediately after your extraction.