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What to Eat After Wisdom Teeth Removal

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Wisdom teeth try making their way into your mouth usually in the late teens and early to mid 20s. If they are coming in impacted or at an odd angle – or your mouth just doesn’t have the space – your dentist may recommend that you get them removed. This extraction procedure is incredibly common and, with your skilled dentist, it is usually a very smooth procedure. 

The healing process is smooth, too. You will be provided a list of instructions and some guidance on the foods to eat. Follow them well and you will be on the road to recovery. 

The Importance of Eating the Right Foods

It is so important that you eat the right foods after you have your wisdom teeth removed. Remember, you have a wound in your mouth that is healing. With any foods you eat, you risk having infections and other complications due to trapped debris. 

The process doesn’t take very long so changing up your diet for a few days shouldn’t be too much of an inconvenience – especially if you focus on all the foods you can have rather than the ones you can’t. 

Foods To Eat After Wisdom Teeth Removal

The first few days after your wisdom teeth are removed should have you enjoying some liquid meals and soft foods. These include things such as: 

  • Smoothies
  • Yogurt
  • Jell-O
  • Ice cream
  • Pudding 
  • Applesauce

Except, while all of these things may be tasty, you also need to maintain a healthy level of nutrition, too. Believe it or not, broths are full of vitamins and minerals that your body needs. Blended soups are usually full of them, too, and offer a more satiating feel. 

Pureed fruits and mashed vegetables are also wonderful options. 

Then, as you begin to heal and can start eating more foods, you can move on to those that are semi-soft like: 

  • Oatmeal
  • Mac ‘n cheese
  • Scrambled eggs
  • Pancakes
  • Pasta

There is nothing stopping you from getting creative with these foods. Add seasonings, spices, gravy, etc. 

Foods to Avoid After Wisdom Teeth Removal 

Now, on to the foods you should avoid after the extractions. You should avoid foods that are crunchy since their little pieces will find their way into the incision site – or reopen it –  and can lead to bigger problems. That means you are going to have to ditch the seeds, nuts, chips, popcorn, etc. 

Avoid eating small grains such as rice and quinoa. These are too small and can get trapped in the extraction site. 

Spicy foods are another no-go. They can irritate the area and may even cause pain. Citrus or acidic foods can do the same. 

Rest assured – you will get through this and heal properly – without starving. 

Wisdom Teeth Removal at Glassman Dental Care

For 30 years, Glassman Dental Care has been transforming smiles in the Upper West Side NYC. And removing wisdom teeth has been a common procedure over the years. If you have been told that you need your wisdom teeth removed – or if they have been causing you pain as they erupt – call our office for an appointment.
Contact Glassman Dental Care at 212-787-4860. Or book an appointment online.