Following oral surgery, it is important to eat the right foods so your mouth can heal. Try to avoid foods that are spicy, crunchy and anything sticky or hard to chew. These foods can slow down the healing in your mouth or cause you pain.
However, just because you can’t have many of the foods you normally consume, you don’t have to survive on milkshakes for the two weeks following your surgery. Following are some great tasting foods that you can eat following wisdom tooth removal or any other oral surgery:
1. Mashed Potatoes
If you are hungry for something warm, mashed potatoes may be just what you are looking for. Mashed potatoes are soft and easy to eat. Your mashed potatoes can be topped with sour cream, gravy or butter. You can use boxed, pre-cooked or homemade mashed potatoes. However, if you have homemade mashed potatoes, make sure that they are thoroughly mashed, preferably blended, before eating.
2. Milkshakes or Smoothies
Milkshakes or smoothies are great foods to eat right after oral surgery. They don’t require any chewing and are very easy to eat. You can make a great milkshake with your blender at home with some milk, ice cream and flavoring. A smoothie is also easy to make at home. Put frozen or fresh fruit, some yogurt, milk and ice in your blender. If you want to make it a more complete meal, you can add a scoop of protein powder to your shake or smoothie. Your smoothie or milkshake should always be eaten with a spoon. The suction created by drinking through a straw can disturb the clot that has formed after oral surgery.
A nice, warm bowl of soup can be a great food to eat after oral surgery, though you should try to avoid soups with large pieces of vegetables or meat. Some great soups to try are tomato, cream of chicken, cream of potato and chicken noodle. A Salt Lake City free wisdom teeth removal specialist recommends to patients that they use the smallest spoons available if they have soup, to avoid accidentally scraping their stitches with their utensils.
Pudding is very easy to eat and can be purchased in individual serving cups that are easy to travel with, so if you’re out and about during your recovery period, you can keep them on hand to stave off hunger when you don’t have access to more substantial soft foods.
5. Hot Cereal
Hot cereal can be a great food to eat after you’ve had your wisdom teeth removed, providing you with the carbohydrates you need to maintain your energy during your recovery time You can try oatmeal or cream of wheat for a gentle, nutritious soft food breakfast.
6. Ice Cream And Sherbert
Soft-serve ice cream is very easy to eat, but skip the cone while your mouth is healing and eat it with a spoon. If you get ice cream or sherbert from the store, opt for kinds without mix-ins like nuts or chocolate. An oral surgeon specializing in free wisdom teeth removal in Utah says that some fruit mix-ins are acceptable, if the ice cream is properly thawed before eating. He also advises that patients opt for sherberts with a low acidity—so no lemon or orange flavors—to avoid pain and acid wear on the open wounds.
Just because you’ve had oral surgery, you don’t have to limit yourself to one or two foods. Try any of these tasty foods and they will help to make your recovery just a little bit easier.