Can you drink coffee after tooth extraction?

In this brief guide we will answer the question, ‘Can you drink coffee after tooth extraction?” We will also discuss the effects of drinking coffee after tooth extraction.

Can you drink coffee after tooth extraction?

No, you can’t take coffee after the first 5 days of your tooth extraction because you would want to aid your healing process. You can take coffee after the first five days of tooth extraction, says The University of Utah, but in small amounts. 

After 2 weeks when the swelling is minimal you can take back your cup of coffee in your diet. You can take cold coffee after 24 hours of your tooth extraction but again, that should not be too cold to bleed your socket.

Coffee is essential to start a day for many of us. But what if you have a whole tooth extraction? Can you still drink coffee after tooth extraction? The answer is a straight no. You can’t have hot beverages after 48 hours of tooth extraction as they will slow down your healing process. Usually the dentists recommend plenty of water and soft foods after a few days of tooth extraction to aid the healing process.

Effects of drinking coffee after tooth extraction

Tooth extraction is a common practice at a dental clinic. Bleeding occurs immediately after tooth removal until the clot forms. A gauze swab is placed in the empty socket to stop the bleeding. You cannot have coffee for a few days after tooth extraction due to following reasons:

  • Use of caffeine enlarges the vessels of our muscles, resulting in a chance of bleeding and late recovery or healing of wounds.
  • Coffee boosts up our energy level which results in high blood pressure that causes more bleeding from the empty socket and delayed healing of wounds.
  • Coffee produces acid in the stomach for digestion. After tooth extraction your diet is limited for a few hours by your dentist so, this excess acid will result in heartburn, nausea or vomiting. 
  • Caffeine does not let you sleep while resting quickens recovery from  any illness that will be hindered in this case.
  • Coffee is a blood thinner. According to vascular health clinics, caffeine can thin out the blood vessels and cause high blood pressure and palpitations. Coffee can raise anxiety issues which are the least issues that would raise when you are in pain.
  • Coffee intake can result in loss of bladder control and an increased wish to go to the bathroom which is not good for a person who has an hour-long surgery that needs rest obviously.
  • By frequent urination you can lose your calcium levels that are necessary for healing of your tooth socket wound after tooth extraction.

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Method by which you can take coffee after tooth extraction

After a few hours of mild tooth extraction most of us can enjoy a cup of coffee. But it should not be hot and shouldn’t have spices in it e.g, cinnamon and lemon. As, spices will also affect your wound and result in pain. However, try to limit the quantity after 24 hours of tooth extraction.

Using a straw for coffee?

Don’t use a straw, try to have a sip of coffee. Sucking action by using a straw will also result in pain and bleeding of the wound.

For severe tooth extraction

You can not take coffee after a tooth extraction that /iswas severe. According to WebMD anything hot should not come in contact with your wound in the first 24 hours as it will lead to the development of dry socket. 

A dry socket does not result in the formation of a blood clot that is essential for healing. Also hot beverages can damage the already formed blood clot.

For mild tooth extraction

You can take a cup of cold coffee after 24 hours of tooth extraction, although this is for coffee freaks who cannot imagine a day without coffee. But still it is advisable not to take caffeine as it messes up with the healing process.

Recommended food intake during the period after tooth extraction

To enhance your healing process you have to change your eating patterns. So, you have to avoid too hot and too cold beverages as they damage the blood clot that is forming to heal the tissue. Try to take lukewarm water, soft food, slightly cold pure fruit juices and unflavoured coffee, avoid taking alcohol and carbonated drinks because of the chemical they contain. 

 Avoid spicy, sticky and crunchy foods. Food should be very soft and easily chewable to avoid putting strains on your mouth. Warm soup, mashed potatoes, yogurt, puddings and smoothies are recommended.


In this brief guide we have answered the question, “Can you drink coffee after tooth extraction?” We have also discussed the effects of drinking coffee after tooth extraction.


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