We’ve written in the past about the age old advice to eat ice cream after having your tonsils removed. The remedy is rooted in good intentions (the cold ice cream will help reduce swelling and sooth your sore throat) but, for various reasons, our expert recommends non-dairy treats like sherbet and ice pops.
But what about ice cream as a post-surgery aid after having a tooth pulled? Many dentists advise their patients to eat ice cream in the 24-hour period following the removal of a tooth and, unlike the post-tonsillectomy snack, ice cream after a tooth extraction is actually good advice. According to WorlDental.org, here’s why:
“Swelling is a natural occurrence after tooth extraction but it can be minimized. This is done by using cold compress on the side of your cheek where the extraction was done.
This is why dentists advise their patients to eat ice cream. Cold temperature causes the blood vessels in the extraction area to constrict or narrow down. When this happens, the blood vessels are unable to carry much fluid which causes the swelling. Of course, eating ice is also a “cool” way to treat yourself.”
So there you have it! The article also mentions that after the first 24 hours, the remedy switches from cold foods to warm foods, which means ice cream should be replaced with soup. But hey, at least you have an excuse to eat ice cream for breakfast, lunch and dinner for a whole day!