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What to eat after wisdom teeth removal

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Food Pyramid - 26 Jul, 2013
What to eat after wisdom teeth removal

Wisdom teeth removal pain

What to eat after wisdom teeth removal? There is of course a lot of pain involved during the healing process of removed wisdom teeth since the uncomfortable operation often leaves you sore and swollen. Chewing your food is out of the question. However, you still need to eat to get the essential nutrients your body needs. So you better start thinking about what to eat after wisdom teeth extraction.

Tips on what to eat after wisdom teeth removal

1. Soups

Soup is probably the easiest and the most obvious food to eat after wisdom teeth removal. Those giant holes in the back of your mouth are sensitive and trying to heal so chewing (and spitting!) will only exacerbate the pain and irritation and increase the risk of infection. Homemade soups are a great way of getting your nourishment without having to work the jaw.

Soups are great foods to eat after wisdom teeth removal, but just try to make sure that the soups you choose are fairly pureed, with no really large morsels of vegetables or meat that you would be forced to chew. Nourishing vegetable purees such as butternut squash soup or chicken broth is probably the best thing to start with.

2. Juices and Smoothies

Juices and smoothies are also great things to eat after wisdom teeth extraction. Blended fruits and vegetables are a great partner to soups, particularly if you don’t feel like having a bowl of chicken noodle first thing in the morning. Freshly squeezed fruit juice or a nutritious blended smoothie will give you all the vitamins and anti-oxidants that you need in order to speed up the healing process. Experiment with adding protein powders and green powders into your breakfast smoothie to give you some needed energy and protein. Sweeten with bananas or apple juice or even maple syrup.

3. Apple Sauce

Apple sauce could also be considered as a good food to eat after wisdom teeth removal. It is a great way to get your vitamins, but also feel as though you’re eating something with a little bit more substance to it rather than just drinking a glass of apple juice. Experiment with other fruit purees, such as mashed bananas or mangos or any other soft fruit than can be boiled down and mashed. They make a great dessert or snack.

4. Eggs

Eggs might not be the best things to eat after wisdom teeth removal, but it depends how you eat them. Hard-boiled eggs mashed into a salad, or if you’re feeling as though you can handle it, some soft boiled or scrambled eggs are a great way to get some well-needed protein into the diet. They are soft and easy to manage in the mouth and also easily digested. If you like your eggs raw then even better as it goes down quite smoothly.

5. Porridge

Some other soft foods to eat after wisdom teeth removal would be porridge. Cooked oats and other healthy grains such as quinoa or millet may be a good option after a few days of healing. They are soft and nutritious and will also keep you feeling full for quite a while, thereby reducing those hunger pangs from not being able to eat anything substantially solid for a while. For softer results, soak the oats (or quinoa and millet) in juice, water or coconut milk the night before and then cook them slowly on the stovetop the day you want to eat them.

Stay Away from Extreme Temperatures

One important thing we should mention when choosing what to eat after wisdom teeth extraction is to stay away from extreme temperatures. Make sure your soups are cooled down significantly or that your juices and smoothies are warmed to room temperature. Having something too hot or too cold hit those sensitive spots where the teeth had been removed can be quite painful.

Now that you know what to eat after wisdom teeth removal make sure you go easy on yourself and follow some good dietary guidelines. More than anything listen to your body and allow it to heal.

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