It’s important to refrain from smoking for at least a week after wisdom teeth removal to ensure proper healing of the extraction site. Smoking can slow down the healing process, increase bleeding and potentially lead to infection or dry socket — a condition where the clot does not form properly at the extraction site — so it is best avoided during your recovery.

Sticking to a soft food diet for the first few days post-surgery is also recommended. Avoid eating hard or crunchy foods like chips, popcorn kernels and nuts for at least a week as these may further irritate the area and delay healing. Opt instead for softer food choices such as soup, smoothies or protein shakes – these will be gentler on your gums and mouth while you heal.

Once you reach day seven post-surgery you may feel ready to return to your usual habits, but be sure to follow any additional instructions your dentist has given you before indulging in activities such as smoking.

If something still doesn’t feel right then it may be best to wait until your mouth has fully healed before trying anything new!