What to Eat After Wisdom Teeth Removal

BY Dr. McDowell  |  July 1st, 2020
Dr. McDowell
Dr. McDowell has always been focused on using the latest technology to improve the patient experience. From radiation-free imaging to laser dentistry, he has always been ahead of the curve and is dedicated to improving the practice of dentistry one ..

So you got your wisdom teeth removed. You’re probably dealing with a lot of pain and discomfort from the operation. But what to eat after wisdom teeth removal? You might think you don’t have many options.

We’re here with some great options that will keep you interested and still enjoying food while you wait for your mouth to finish healing.

While you won’t be able to sink your teeth into a juicy steak or a big red apple for a while, here are some other things that you can enjoy!

Why Soft Foods are Important

half-peeled banana on a pink background.

It’s crucial that you take your dentist seriously when they recommend that you stay away from food that is too hard or that will require any sort of chewing to break it up. If you attempt to eat too many hard foods after your wisdom tooth removal, you can damage the blood clot that formed to heal your gum. When the healing process is disturbed in this way, a dry socket is formed.

Dry sockets are very painful and may need to be looked at by a dentist if they occur in your mouth. While there are other ways to help protect dry sockets from forming in your mouth, the best way is to follow your dentist’s instructions. Soft food is essential in preventing a dry socket from forming in your mouth.

Soft Food to Eat After Wisdom Teeth Removal

Soft foods are going to be your best friend as you journey to recovery. Soft foods can seem extremely boring. What we’ll have to do is help you think beyond bananas and mashed potatoes. One thing to keep in mind is that you’re going to want to eat healthy foods. You did just have oral surgery, and to best recover from it, proper nutrition is essential.

If you’re reading thins and you have younger kids that are experiencing wisdom teeth removal, then this list of soft foods that are fun and tasty will be beneficial.

What to Eat After Wisdom Teeth Removal

Soups + Broths

soup in a bowl. What to eat after wisdom tooth removal

Both soups and broths are extremely high in enzymes and vitamins that are great for your body’s nutrition. Better yet, they taste great and always seem to make you feel better if you’re sick. When consuming soups, focus on blended soups that don’t contain any bits or pieces that could irritate your area of surgery.

Tomato, pumpkin, cheese, and other similar soups are great options!

An added bonus to soups and broths is that they’ll help to keep you hydrated throughout your recovery. Hydration is a big part of recovery quickly after having wisdom teeth removed.

Yogurt

While any yogurt that doesn’t’ have large chunks is good for your mouth and health, Greek yogurt is especially beneficial. The creamy texture and high protein content will help your mouth heal and can provide relief while you’re consuming it.

Consuming high-protein snacks and foods can, at times, help aid in a faster recovery.

Mashed Potatoes

Unfortunately, you shouldn’t be consuming hot potatoes right after surgery, as hot foods will often irritate the surgery area.

Mashed potatoes can provide a high-calorie meal with lots of nutrients and vitamins. Consuming potatoes will help you to feel full and can keep you full for a while. It’s a great way to eat some food in more of a meal form.

Scrambled Eggs

Another high-protein food that you can eat is eggs. Scrambled eggs, in particular, will be easy to consume and provide many different vitamins making them one fo the best foods to eat.

While you can try some different ways of making the eggs, scrambled eggs are best because they are easy to consume without chewing too much.

Applesauce

If you’ve been craving apples, it’s going to be a few weeks before you should be eating those crunchy treats. Apple sauce is a great way to still enjoy that great apple taste that you’ve been craving.

Additionally, apples are high in vitamin C and can boost your immune system. It hasn’t been proven that a boosted immune system helps the healing process, but it sure can’t hurt!

Mashed Banana

Bananas are an extremely popular fruit and a great source of vitamin B, potassium, and manganese, and folate. Additionally, they can be easily consumed after your surgery.

While mashing the banana before consuming it won’t always be necessary, it can help you consume them with more ease.

Ice Cream

Ice cream is a great treat! The cool texture will help to ease discomfort from your surgery. While most ice creams aren’t very nutritious, you can look into healthy ice cream recipes that are easy to make at home.

Finding a way to consume some fresh ice cream is sure to bring a smile to anyone’s face!

Avocado

Avocado on a pink background

Avacado is easy to eat and is even quite tasty. The vitamins and fats that are found in avocado are very helpful in the wisdom teeth recovery process.

Mash them or whip them and add some salt to make them easier to consume. Just be sure that they’re nice and ripe.

Smoothies

Three smoothies on a counter.

Smoothies are not only incredibly flavorful, but they’re also easy to consume and can provide a full meal. Finding a smoothie you like will take a little experimenting. The easiest way to find one is to start trying them.

Start with some yogurt or protein powder, ice to make it cold, and some of your favorite fruits and vegetables.

Recovering From Wisdom Teeth

We understand that foods to eat after wisdom tooth removal can feel boring. But, doing what’s best for the health of your teeth after surgery will not only reduce your pain but prevent any future pain. We hope you’ve enjoyed this list of what to eat after removal of wisdom teeth.

Be sure to avoid spicy foods along with any hard foods until your dentist says it’s appropriate, and your mouth has recovered from surgery. Good luck with your recovery, and be sure to reach out to your dentist if you’re experiencing any unusual pain since the surgery.

Dr. McDowell
Dr. McDowell has always been focused on using the latest technology to improve the patient experience. From radiation-free imaging to laser dentistry, he has always been ahead of the curve and is dedicated to improving the practice of dentistry one ..

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