9 Simple Foods To Eat After Getting Your Wisdom Teeth Removed
We've all seen the viral videos online.
People that are still coming off of anesthesia after having their wisdom teeth removed.
Guys saying ridiculous things, girls crying, and there were even two brothers who convinced their sister that the zombie apocalypse was about to start.
When we watch those videos, we often forget the reason behind them.
A lot of people choose to get their wisdom teeth removed.
There’s little space at the back of the mouth, where the wisdom teeth grow, so they might develop at odd angles or only partly emerge.
Impacted wisdom teeth (wisdom teeth that have only partly emerged) can cause a variety of problems.
They can get infected, damage the neighboring teeth, or decay because they're hard to clean.
That's why people choose to get them removed.
Even though the viral videos are funny, the pain is very real.
The days following the removal are typically painful enough to change your eating habits.
Chewing things like steak and hard vegetables are out of the question.
Below are nine foods you can eat right after you get your wisdom teeth removed.
Nine Foods You Should Eat After Removing Your Wisdom Teeth
1. Blended Soups
Blended soups like tomato soup are perfect to eat right after your wisdom teeth have been removed.
They're easy to consume without any chunks that can irritate the area of the surgery.
Soups are also rich in vitamins and minerals. This will help you get your daily nutrition without being able to eat many fruits or vegetables.
They'll also help with hydration, which is very important after any surgery.
Just make sure you don't eat them too hot. Hot soups can cause irritation.
The smooth texture of applesauce makes it an excellent choice after you've had your wisdom teeth removed.
You'll also get a lot of vitamin C and dietary fiber, something applesauce has a lot of.
You won't have to do much chewing at all, which will aid in your healing and prevent soreness.
If you want to be even healthier, make your own applesauce to cut back on the sugars and use clean ingredients.
Very similar to soups, broths are an excellent source of nourishment after your surgery.
They're delicious and packed full of a variety of nutrients. Broths are also a great way to stay hydrated if you struggle drinking water.
A popular type of broth is bone broth, which is touted for its health benefits.
Studies have shown that it has anti-inflammatory benefits, something very handy after having your wisdom teeth removed.
It's made by simmering animal bone and connective tissue.
Again, be sure not to consume this hot.
4. Ice Cream
Finally, the perfect excuse to have ice cream! You just had surgery anyway, you deserve to be spoiled.
Stick to soft serve, especially right after the surgery because it requires less effort to eat.
The coolness of ice cream will soothe the inflamed tissue and promote a faster healing process.
Eat the ice cream from a cup, not a cone, and avoid flavors like rocky road or mint chocolate chip.
The small bits in those flavors can get lodged in the extraction site, causing irritation or infection.
5. Greek Yogurt
Ice creams healthier cousin.
Greek yogurt is a healthy high-protein food you can enjoy guilt-free after your surgery.
The smooth and creamy texture, similar to soft serve ice cream, is very soothing and can help numb your mouth.
Several studies have linked a high protein diet to a quicker recovery process, making Greek yogurt even better for you after your surgery.
Here's another food we're going to slide on here without your doctor watching.
Jell-O comes in a variety of flavors, keeping your taste buds from becoming bored during a restricted diet.
You can buy Jell-O pre-made, or use the instant packets for fast and easy preparation.
Jell-O also has a long shelf life, so you can make it and leave it in your fridge as long as you need.
If health is a concern, opt for some sugar-free Jell-O.
7. Mashed Potatoes
The thanksgiving staple will come in handy after you've had your wisdom teeth removed.
Mashed potatoes will be the ultimate comfort food after your surgery.
Potatoes are rich in calories and nutrient, both important for your recovery.
You'll have slightly higher energy requirements after your surgery, and mashed potatoes allow you to consume a lot of energy and nutrients in just a few bites.
This is another food you want to be sure not to eat too hot.
Smoothies are packed with protein and nutrients, making them a delicious easy snack or meal replacement after your surgery.
You can supplement your shakes with a meal replacement packet or a scoop of protein powder.
Add fresh, seedless fruits to your smoothie to keep things healthy. You can also add in a scoop of your Greek yogurt.
Be sure not to drink them through a straw, because the pressure can disrupt the healing site and lead to dry sockets.
Avocados are a very unique fruit. Most fruits are high in carbs, but avocados are actually low in carbs and high in healthy fats.
They are smooth, creamy texture makes them great to eat during your recovery.
They are also a great source of vitamin K, vitamin C, and potassium.
Avocados are generally easy to eat, but you may want to whip them or mash them to eat right after your surgery.
The zombie apocalypse isn't actually happening, and you will survive getting your wisdom teeth removed.
You might go viral online, but because of this list, you will be equipped with plenty of food to eat after your surgery.
If you liked this article, you should check these out:
- 8 Tips To Recover From Your Wisdom Teeth Removal
- Sweet Tooth Guidelines
- What Your Mouth Says About Your Health