After wisdom teeth removal, using a straw can increase your risk of dry socket — a condition where the clot does not form properly at the extraction site — so it’s important to avoid drinking from a straw for at least two days following surgery.
Straws create suction in your mouth which can dislodge the blood clot that forms after tooth extraction, and without this clot, healing can be delayed or inhibited. Stick to drinking out of cups for the first few days as this will reduce any chances of dry socket occurring and ensure proper healing of the extraction site.
If you’re feeling particularly tender around the extraction area, consider avoiding all types of hard or crunchy foods like chips, popcorn kernels and nuts — these can further irritate the area and delay healing. Opt instead for softer food options such as soup, smoothies or protein shakes – these will be gentler on your gums and mouth while you heal.
Once you reach day four post-surgery you may feel ready to return to your usual dietary habits. Listen to what your body is telling you – if something still doesn’t feel right then it may be best to wait until your mouth has fully healed before trying anything new!