Is Pineapple Juice Really The Key To Your Teen’s Wisdom Tooth Recovery?

Wisdom tooth extraction is a common procedure for older teens. The wisdom teeth usually erupt between the ages of 18-25, but can come out at 16 or earlier in some cases. If there’s not enough space for them, they can cause serious oral health issues and may need to be extracted by Dr. Nancy William at Restore Health Dentistry.

Recovering from wisdom tooth extraction can be unpleasant. Which is why a video shared on TikTok recently went viral. In the video, a TikToker said that she drank 64 ounces of pineapple juice before her wisdom tooth surgery, and she experienced no swelling and little pain after treatment.

So, what gives? Can pineapple juice really help your teen’s wisdom tooth recovery? Let’s get into the details, explain why the effects of pineapple juice may have been a bit overblown. We’ll also give you some advice on what actually works for speeding up your teen’s wisdom tooth recovery.

Pineapple Juice Could Help With Inflammation – But It’s Probably Not That Beneficial

Does pineapple juice really help with inflammation and swelling after surgery? The answer is a “maybe” Pineapple juice is one of only a few juices that’s high in bromelain, a compound that has anti-inflammatory effects. It’s definitely possible that this could help with wisdom tooth recovery.

But it’s unlikely that pineapple juice alone can really eliminate swelling from wisdom tooth surgery. The truth of the matter is that wisdom tooth extraction is different for everyone. Some people have really fast recoveries and don’t experience much swelling, while others may have a longer recovery process, and may feel more pain, discomfort, swelling, and other uncomfortable after-effects.

In fact, drinking 64 ounces of pineapple juice could harm your health and your recovery. 64 ounces of pineapple juice contains about 256 grams of sugar, and drinking that much sugar and juice in one sitting could cause bloating, diarrhea, or even nausea. In addition to being high in sugar, pineapple juice is also acidic, so it could actually damage your tooth enamel. 

So if your teen wants to recover faster from wisdom tooth extraction, drinking some pineapple juice probably won’t hurt, but it probably won’t help, either. What will actually help? We’re glad you asked. Let’s get into it.

Your Teen Should Follow Their Dentist’s Instructions For A Faster Recovery

It may not be a flashy “life hack,” but following Dr. William’s instructions closely after wisdom tooth surgery will help your teen recover from their tooth extractions as quickly as possible. That means they’ll need to do things like:

  • Avoid heavy exercise for a day or two after surgery
  • Avoid using straws or forceful spitting
  • Take any prescribed or recommended medications
  • Eat a diet of soft foods to avoid irritating the extraction site
  • Rinse with salt water until the extraction site has healed enough to brush it
  • Icing the cheek near the surgical site to help with swelling and inflammation

As long as they follow all of Dr. William’s instructions, your teen will feel a lot better after a few days, and their mouth will be fully healed within 1-2 weeks. So skip the pineapple juice. Listen to your dentist instead.

Does Your Teen Need Wisdom Tooth Extractions In Los Alamitos? Contact Us Today!

Dr. Nancy William is an expert in wisdom tooth extractions. With her expert knowledge and the advanced technology at Restore Health Dentistry, we’ll make sure your teen gets the care they need, recovers quickly, and can get back to their normal routine. Don’t wait. If you think your teen’s wisdom teeth need to come out, contact us online or give us a call at (562) 936-0071 to schedule a consultation immediately. 

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