What Foods Can You Eat After Wisdom Teeth Removal?

March 15, 2024
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Since wisdom teeth grow in the later period of life, they often grow at odd angles, resulting in pain or crowding other teeth. Due to less space, toothbrushes usually do not clean the area properly, which leads to infection. If that happens, your dentist might recommend removing them. Although a common surgery, there can be some swelling and discomfort afterward. Knowing what to eat after wisdom teeth removal is one way you can ensure a smooth recovery. Let’s discuss further.

The Dos and Don’ts Post Tooth Extraction Surgery

Some of the common dos and don’ts include:

Dos:

  1. Help with adequate blood clotting by biting on a gauze.
  2. Reduce gum swelling by resting with your head elevated.
  3. Apply ice packs to lessen swelling and pain of the gums.
  4. Drink water and non-carbonated drinks.
  5. Do not skip taking prescribed medications for pain and healing.
  6. Start off with liquids and then move on to softer foods.
  7. Gently rinse with salt water for healing.
  8. Give yourself enough time to rest.
  9. Choose to slow walk post-extraction for a few days.
  10. Brush with meticulous care with a soft bristle toothbrush but not at the site of extraction.

Don’ts

  1. Do not indulge in eating hard foods that can dislodge clots.
  2. Do not use a straw to drink, as it may help in the development of a dry socket.
  3. Refrain from smoking to promote recovery.
  4. Do not forget to take pain medications on time.
  5. Steer clear of touching the extraction area.
  6. Steer clear of strenuous activities.
  7. It is best to skip alcohol and hot drinks.
  8. Do not use alcohol mouthwash.
  9. Stay away from hard or sharp foods for a week.

Foods To Eat After Wisdom Tooth Extraction

Dentists recommend switching your diet after wisdom tooth surgery. Consume soft foods that are more towards the liquid consistency, requiring minimal to no chewing, and avoid irritating the extraction sites. Here are some examples of what foods you can eat after wisdom teeth removal include:

1. Liquid and Soft Foods

  • Yogurt
  • Mashed potatoes
  • Smoothies
  • Broths and blended soups
  • Applesauce
  • Jell-O
  • Pudding
  • Ice cream

2. Semi-Soft Foods

  • Scrambled eggs
  • Mashed bananas
  • Mashed avocado
  • Oatmeal
  • Pasta (cooked thoroughly)
  • Cottage cheese or tofu

3. Other Options

  • Milkshakes
  • Avocado spread on soft bread
  • Ice cream or gelato
  • Bananas
  • Juices
  • Hummus with soft bread or crackers

Foods You Should Avoid

After wisdom teeth removal, it is crucial to not eat certain foods that can hinder healing and prevent complications.

1. Hard and Crunchy Foods

  • Chips
  • Nuts
  • Popcorn
  • Raw vegetables

2. Spicy Foods

  • Spicy foods irritate the surgical site and cause discomfort.

3. Seeds and Grains

  • Rice
  • Quinoa

4. Hard or Difficult-to-Chew Foods

  • Nuts
  • Beef jerky
  • Hard chips

5. Acidic Beverages

  • Citrus juices

6. Alcohol and alcohol-infused Beverages

  • Alcohol not only irritates the area but negatively impacts pain medication.

7. Tobacco Products

  • Smoking or using tobacco can delay healing and increase the risk of complications.

Closing Note

If you have more questions in mind regarding wisdom teeth removal or foods you can eat during and after, schedule an appointment at Smile Designs Dentistry with Dr. Sanjay Kumar Vanjarapu, DDS, extensively trained by the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA), on ways we can be of help. Contact us at any of the following locations:

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