Diet after Wisdom tooth surgery
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Following the extraction of wisdom teeth, it is important to avoid eating crunchy, spicy, or difficult-to-chew foods. Such foods can cause increased pain or prevent healing. However, it is not necessary to resign yourself to eating one or two types of food as some people do. People who only eat milkshakes and/or ice cream for a long period of time after having their wisdom teeth extracted may find the excess sugar unpleasant and be less likely to eat them in the future. Here are some eating suggestions for the first 1-2 weeks after your wisdom teeth are removed, based on my experience with this.
Mashed Potatoes: These are easy to eat and can alternately be topped with gravy, sour cream, or butter for more variety. If the potatoes are well-mashed, this is one of the easiest foods to eat after wisdom teeth extraction. Sweet potatoes can also be considered.
Milkshakes: These are very easy to eat/drink and are a good choice for immediately after the teeth are extracted. I recommend adding a meal replacement powder or packet (GNC protein mix, Carnation Instant Breakfast, etc.). Be careful not to use a straw, as this is dangerous for a period of time after wisdom teeth extraction. If ordering these from a fast food restaurant, ask for a spoon instead. You can also use Instant Breakfast packets.
Fruit Smoothies: Fresh or frozen fruit, mixed with some yogurt and ice make a healthy, cold, and nutritious drink. Adding protein powder or other additives may increase the nutritional value.
Ice cream: Soft-serve ice cream is preferable, especially for the first couple days after the procedure, and cones should be avoided. The ice cream (Frosty) at Wendy’s fast food restaurants should be considered, as it is provided in a cup with a spoon.
Instant Pudding: This is another very easy to eat food which is available in a number of flavors. If you are tired of eating sweet foods and drinks, you may want to use lemon-flavored pudding, as it is not quite as sweet-tasting.
Drinks: Most beverages are acceptable, but your prescribed pain reliever may prohibit the use of alcohol. Very cold water should also be avoided, as it may increase pain.
Instant Oatmeal: Although fruit included in this can be a bit chewy, it is relatively easy to eat. Instant cream of wheat should be considered as well, and may be slightly easier to eat.
Pastina: These are a type of very small star-shaped noodles which are usually sold in a box at grocery stores. They are easier to eat than most other noodles and are good with butter on them.
Soup: Many soups have chunks of vegetables or meat which are too large, but some are acceptable. Two of the better soups to eat after this procedure (you should probably wait a few days before eating any soup) are chicken noodle and cream of celery.
Some foods which normally seem soft, such as macaroni and cheese, can still be difficult to eat if they are somewhat chewy. This especially applies to the first few days after the procedure. Overcooking the pasta to make it very soft will alleviate this problem. Also, avoid acidic foods and foods which require opening your mouth wide. Acidic foods may cause stinging in the part(s) of your mouth where the wisdom teeth were located. Several other suggestions for the first few days:
- Scrambled Eggs
- Apple Sauce
- Canned Fruit
- Cottage Cheese
While these are useful suggestions, you may be able to eat more or less types of food depending upon the severity of your wisdom teeth extraction. Be sure to read all instructions provided to you and ask the dentist who performed the extraction about any questions you may have.
Reduce the thickness: Gauge your return to normal foods by how your mouth feels. If it is hard to chew, don’t push yourself, but continue to eat soft foods until you can comfortably handle normal food. And be sure that you get adequate nutrition. Make sure your diet includes protein and vitamin C.
Here are some of our recipes that can help keep children, teens, and adults nourish after having their wisdom teeth removed.
Recipe #1: Breakfast Smoothie
- 1 banana
- I C. plain or vanilla yogurt
- 1/2 C. fresh/frozen strawberries
- 1 C. orange juice
- 1/4 C. soy protein powder
Instructions: Add all ingredients to blender and mix.
Recipe #2: Chicken and Rice Soup
- 4 C. water
- 2 C. shredded cooked chicken/turkey
- 2 C. chicken stock
- 2 C. cooked rice
- 1 C. diced celery
- 1 C. diced carrots
- Salt and pepper to taste
Instructions: Add all ingredients to pot and cook on low heat for three to eight hours.
Recipe #3: Cheesy Mashed Potatoes
- 2 Russet potatoes
- 1/4 t. garlic powder or 2 cloves fresh minced garlic
- 1/4 C. cheddar cheese
- 1/8 C. sour cream
- 1/8 C. protein powder
- 1/4 C. milk
- 1/8 C. chives or green onions
- Salt and pepper to taste
Instructions: Boil and mash potatoes. Add remaining ingredients and mix until creamy.