Wisdom teeth typically emerge between the ages of 18 and 25. They are the last set of molars and are deemed nonessential by many dental professionals. In cases where the mouth doesn’t have enough room for the wisdom teeth to erupt or the molars grow in sideways, an oral surgeon may recommend a wisdom tooth extraction. But have no fear! When you choose an experienced, trusted oral surgeon, the procedure will most likely go smoothly.
After wisdom tooth extraction, there are several post-operative instructions that patients need to follow. Along with resting, taking medication, and caring for the surgical site, it’s imperative that patients eat a nutritious diet that will aid in a quick recovery and won’t irritate the mouth.
Continue reading for five nutritious foods to eat after wisdom tooth extraction.
Smoothies are a great way to consume fruits and vegetables every day. Be sure to limit the amount of sugar you consume and try to add protein powder or Greek yogurt to increase the amount of protein in your diet. Protein is essential to helping the body heal so be sure to add it in your diet where you can!
To make a smoothie, add your preferred type of milk, add a combination of fruits and vegetables, protein powder or Greek yogurt, ice and blend it all together. Only add a sweetener if necessary.
One of the most important rules for a successful recovery is to never use a straw. The sucking motion could dislodge a blood clot, opening the surgical site to bacteria.
2. Blended soups
For a more savory meal, try blended soups. These are filled with essential vitamins and minerals to speed up the recovery process. Tomato soup and pumpkin soup are the two most common and popular types of blended soups, but there are plenty more to chose from! Try these blended soups while you recover from your wisdom tooth extraction:
- Sweet Potato and Poblano Pepper Soup
- Carrot Bisque with Fresh Mint and Ginger
- Creamy Broccoli Cheese Soup
- Roasted Garlic Soup
- Creamy Potato and Spinach Soup
For more blended soups and recipes, check out this website.
Be sure to choose a soup that doesn’t contain chunks of vegetables or particles that could irritate the extraction site.
3. Mashed potatoes
The versatility of mashed potatoes makes them a favorite for patients recovering from any type of oral surgery. Mashed potatoes are also high in calories which is important during recovery, especially for patients who are struggling with eating.
Add your favorite seasonings and/or cheese and enjoy a bowl of this delicious, nutritious, and comforting food.
Be sure to only eat the potatoes when they are lukewarm or cool to prevent irritation.
4. Cottage cheese
Cottage cheese is loaded with protein and other essential vitamins and minerals, making it the perfect snack for after wisdom tooth extraction. You can add it to smoothies or scrambled eggs if you don’t like eating it by the spoonful!
5. Banana ice cream
For a nutritious sweet treat, try making banana ice cream! You’ll experience the soothing side-effect without all the added sugar and calories. To make banana ice cream, follow these instructions:
- Put 3 or 4 bananas in the freezer for at least three hours.
- Cut the bananas into slices.
- Put the bananas in a blender with a splash of milk.
- Blend until the mixture has the consistency of ice cream.
For More Instructions
To learn more about caring for your mouth after wisdom tooth extraction or other questions pertaining to oral surgery, contact our friendly team at Texas Oral Surgery Specialists today at (817) 552-3223.