What to Eat After Wisdom Teeth Removal!

Any surgical procedure in your mouth entails temporary diet changes. When you have your wisdom teeth removed it is no different. The post-surgery holes serve as receptacles for many foods to become trapped in. To ensure proper healing as well as to prevent infection, your incision and extraction sites need to be kept clean at all times.Since your food intake will be limited for the first few days you should compensate for this by increasing your fluid intake. At least 5-6 glasses of liquid should be taken daily and try not to miss a single meal. You will feel better, have more strength, less discomfort and heal faster if you continue to eat.  Here are some great foods to have the first few days after surgery:

1. Mashed potatoes: Not only do mashed potatoes taste great but they are soft and savory. Feel free to add your own toppings such as butter & sour cream but avoid toppings such as bacon bits.

2. Soup/broth: Savory flavors are sometimes just what you need, and chicken soup is a great feel good food. Eat the broth from chicken soup but try and avoid making it too hot because it could be painful. Creamy soups will help fill your stomach but be sure to avoid the ones with chunky on the label. Remember, no chewing.

3. Apple Sauce: This will help you get some fiber into your diet. You can also have banana purees or even blueberry purees. If that’s not your thing, mix these up in a blender for a fiber and potassium filled smoothie. The more fruits and veggies you can get into your post-extraction diet, the better for healing!

4. Smoothies & Vegetable Juice: Drink fruit and vegetable juices instead of sodas. They help break up a boring liquid plus they’re delicious!  No drinking out of straws because the sucking motion can cause more bleeding by dislodging the blood clot. Stick to spoons & drinking straight out of the glass!

5. Sherbet/Ice cream: The coldness from the sherbet/ice cream will help ease the pain and the swelling in your mouth. Avoid getting the kinds that have fruit or chocolate pieces in them because it will be hard to chew.

Here are some great foods to have after you start healing: 

1. Pasta/Mac & Cheese: Pasta is easy to chew and easy to make – and even easier to dress up with a variety of soft-cooked veggies and sauces.

2. Scrambled Eggs: Eggs will bring a good amount of protein back to your daily diet and they are easy to chew. Eat them plain to start with while healing.