Wisdom teeth removal is a surgical procedure to remove the extra molars at the back of your mouth. Not everyone needs their wisdom teeth removed, but for those who do, the recovery period can take about a week.
During that time, it’s important to eat soft foods to protect the area as it heals. It’s also important to eat nutritious foods that will promote healing. One thing to note when you’re making foods to eat following your surgery: hot foods can irritate the surgical site. You can prepare hot foods, but allow them to cool before eating them.
If you’re having your wisdom teeth removed soon and are wondering what to eat after wisdom teeth removal, we can help. Below are six nutritious foods that promote healing and are easy to eat after this procedure.
6 Nutritious Foods to Eat After Your Wisdom Teeth Are Removed
1. Broth and Blended Soup
Broths and blended soup (like tomato soup) are easy to eat and very nutritious. Avoid soups that contain chunks of food, like soups with pasta or cooked vegetables. Let the soup cool quite a bit before eating it, or cook it and then put it in the refrigerator and save it for later. Blended soups and broths are some of the best foods to eat 1 to 2 days after your surgery.
Smoothies made from well-blended fruits and yogurt are another excellent food to eat immediately following your surgery. Mix your smoothie with plenty of milk or water to ensure it can be swallowed easily without chewing. Excellent foods to put in a smoothie include:
- Greek yogurt
- Plain non-Greek yogurt
- Cream or milk
If you choose to put ice in your smoothie, be sure that the mixture is well-blended and there are no ice chunks in it.
3. Mashed Potatoes
Once you’ve been in recovery for a couple days, mashed potatoes are a good choice. Mashed potatoes are filling, soft and full of nutrition. They’re also a comforting food that many people associate with holidays and family meals, which means they can be extra satisfying at a time when you’ve just recently had your wisdom teeth taken out.
Prepare your mashed potatoes ahead of time. Serve them at room temperature, lukewarm, or refrigerator cold.
4. Scrambled Eggs
Scrambled eggs have a lot of protein, so they’re filling and satisfying. They’re also very soft. They’re best prepared over low heat. Cooking the eggs slowly will prevent them from becoming tough or developing “crunchy” edges.
For extra moisture in the eggs, mix them with milk before cooking them. Allow them to cool before eating them. If possible, use omega-3 enriched eggs, as omega-3 enriched fats can promote healing.
5. Hummus and Soft Pita Bread
Once the site has healed a bit and you’re comfortable eating soft foods, try hummus with soft pita bread. Not all pita breads are especially soft, so feel the package before buying bread. The softer the bread, the better. Do not eat hummus with crackers, carrots or anything crunchy.
6. Refried Beans
Refried beans are healthy and tasty, and can be served with spices for a satisfying meal. Mix them with cheese to make them even more filling.
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