An extremely common question after a dental procedure is “How long should I wait to eat or drink after a dental procedure?” We recommend listening to your dentist’s recommendations, but we put this article together to serve as a guide.

Cleaning / Fluoride

Recommended wait time: 30 minutes

If you received a fluoride treatment, eating and drinking immediately after can remove the fluoride treatment. It’s especially important to avoid rough, sticky, or acidic foods as they can cause further damage.

Some people’s teeth are sensitive after a cleaning, so to avoid unnecessary pain they should avoid extreme hot/cold temperatures and hard food.


Recommended wait time: Be careful with eating while you still have your temporary crown in place.

You have to be extremely careful with the foods you eat after being fitted with a temporary crown while waiting for the permanent one.

In the days following your procedure, make sure you avoid the following foods:

1) Nuts. Too crunchy for the temporary crown.

2) Crunchy vegetables. Same problem as the nuts.

3) Sticky foods. Think caramel and candy. You shouldn’t eat this stuff anyway because the sugar causes cavities, but it’s especially important with temporary crowns.

4) Hot / Cold Foods. This can cause discomfort so it’s important to use toothpaste made for sensitive teeth during this time.

5) Soda. They’re high in sugar so it’s bad for dental health anyway.

6) Gum. If it’s gets stuck on the temporary crown it can do damage.

7) Raisins. They’re too sticky so they made do some damage to the crown.

8) Popcorn. The kernels can easily wedge themselves in such a way that damages the temporary crown.

9) Ice. Don’t chew on it!

10) Steak. It’s best to stick to softer foods like chicken or fish.


Recommended wait time: If the filling is made of metal it’s best to wait 24 hours for the filling to harden. If the filling is resin-based, it hardens instantly so you can eat or drink immediately.


Recommended wait time: Wait 48 hours to consume any dark liquids, sauces, or food.

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