Have you recently had oral surgery to remove impacted wisdom teeth? If so, then you might be getting tired of eating apple sauce and popsicles. But, a soft diet after wisdom teeth removal doesn’t have to be full of sugar or unsatisfying. With a little imagination, you can find nutritious foods to eat after wisdom teeth removal.
Still have impacted wisdom teeth? Don’t wait–schedule your appointment at Texas Oral Surgery Specialists now. Dr. Chris Tye can help you get much-needed relief with safe and effective surgical solutions. Request your appointment at our Colleyville, TX, dental office by calling (817) 552-3223 or by messaging us here.
In this post, Dr. Tye explores four nourishing foods to eat after wisdom teeth removal. From snacks to meal replacements, there’s something for every palate!
Smoothies are incredibly versatile. Depending on the ingredients, they can be a great snack or a filling meal. And, with options to add fresh fruits and veggies, patients can get essential nutrients that are integral to the healing process. In fact, leafy greens and berries commonly contain vitamins and minerals that encourage healing, such as:
- Vitamin A
- Vitamin C
- Vitamin K
So, smoothies are a great way to maintain a nutritious diet while you heal. Just don’t forget: straws are strictly off-limits for two weeks after wisdom teeth removal! Use a spoon or gently sip with your mouth to consume liquids.
Protein or Meal-replacement Shakes
Protein shakes aren’t just for gym gains anymore. Indeed, they can be one of the most nutritious foods to eat after wisdom teeth removal. With high protein, essential fatty acids, and plenty of added vitamins and minerals, patients can get a nutrient-dense snack or meal in a single glass.
If you’re looking for a more well-rounded and filling option, then meal-replacement shakes (like BOOST® or Ensure®) may be perfect for you. These satisfying shakes come in many tasty flavors, which makes a soft diet much more enjoyable.
Probiotics are microorganisms that help us establish and maintain proper gut health. Although probiotics often come in convenient capsules, they also occur naturally in fermented foods, like yogurt.
But, the probiotics found in yogurt don’t just enhance our gut health. There is data to suggest that plain yogurt can significantly reduce the amount of disease-causing bacteria in the mouth. So, try eating plain Greek yogurt twice a day for two weeks after your procedure. You’ll reduce the risk of infections and support your gut health, too!
Soups and Stews
Similar to smoothies, soups and stews are excellent foods to eat after wisdom teeth removal because they can be remarkably nutrient-dense. With ingredients like legumes, vegetables, and healthy fats, a hearty soup or stew can be a fortifying and recovery-friendly option for patients after oral surgery.
Schedule a Wisdom Teeth Removal Consultation
If you’re experiencing jaw pain and red or swollen gums around your molars, then you might need oral surgery. Schedule an appointment with Dr. Tye today to discuss wisdom teeth removal. Patients can call our Colleyville dental office at (817) 552-3223 or submit a message online to request an appointment.