If you just had your wisdom teeth removed, you’re probably wondering what you’ll be able to munch on while you heal. Continue reading to learn more about what to eat after wisdom teeth removal.
Eat Stick with Soft Foods after Wisdom Teeth Removal
As your teeth heal, you’ll want to keep your diet filled with soft foods that won’t cause any damage to–or get caught in–the sensitive gum tissue undergoing the healing process.
Post-wisdom tooth removal friendly-foods include:
- Macaroni and cheese
- Apple sauce
- Cottage cheese
- Mashed potatoes
- Scrambled eggs
Keep in mind that the healthier and more nutritious your food is, the faster you can expect your healing process to progress.
Snack on cold foods such as ice cream, applesauce, and yogurt to help ease inflammation or pain; just be sure to avoid foods that are extremely hot or cold to avoid damage to the gum tissues.
What to Avoid
During the healing process, you’ll want to avoid certain foods in order to ensure that you’re able to heal as quickly as possible with no issues.
Foods to avoid include:
- Hard, sticky candies
- Spicy food
- Chips, cookies, and crackers
- Chewy or tough foods
It’s also crucial to avoid smoking tobacco and alcohol as you heal; both tobacco and alcohol have the potential to irritate the gum tissues and prevent proper healing.
The suction motion of smoking (or drinking through a straw) also has the potential to disrupt the healing process by disrupting blood clots and allowing bleeding to restart. It’s important to avoid smoking for at least 48 hours after your removal date, and to avoid using straws altogether.
By following the tips you’ve learned here, you’ll be well-equipped for managing your recovery period. For more information about what to eat after wisdom teeth removal or to get scheduled for a consultation in our Robstown Texas dental office, give us a call anytime at 361-933-0124.