Foods to Eat After Wisdom Tooth RemovalSeptember 23, 2022 7:17 pm |
After wisdom tooth surgery, recovery time can range from a few days to up to two weeks. Because the foods you eat after wisdom tooth removal can either ensure a quick recovery or cause setbacks and delays, you should choose wisely! If you’re not sure where to start, we’ve put together this list of foods you should eat after wisdom teeth removal.
Yes, we know water isn’t a food, but staying hydrated is incredibly important to your recovery. Drinking lots of water helps your body heal faster and avoid complications due to dehydration.
For the first few days after wisdom tooth removal, you should stick to soft foods so you don’t put any pressure on your extraction site. Fruit purees and smoothies are great choices for getting the nutrients you need without having to chew. Applesauce and even baby food are great options. Just avoid using a straw as the suction can dislodge the blood clot on the extraction site.
Like fruit purees and smoothies, yogurt is a great choice during the early stages of healing because it’s packed with protein. In general, Dr. Kim recommends having a source of protein with each of your meals to help your wound heal quicker.
Once your pain decreases and you can tolerate some chewing, scrambled eggs are another tasty food to eat after wisdom tooth removal. Eggs are chock full of protein and other nutrients your body needs to heal. Other good choices include mashed potatoes, mashed beans, or mashed chickpeas.
Once you’re able to chew without pain, you can add some more variety to your diet. Steamed veggies like carrot, cauliflower, broccoli, and others are great foods to eat while recovering from wisdom teeth removal. They contain the vitamins and minerals your body needs to fight infection and heal.
These foods can help speed up your recovery and avoid complications. To ask our team any questions or to schedule an appointment, call us today!