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If you’re planning on having your wisdom teeth removed then you’re probably also thinking ahead to the recovery period and what you’re going to be able to eat. Well never fear because we’ve put together our top tips on healthy soft foods that will be gentle to eat as well as which foods to avoid.
Wisdom teeth are the third set of molars that grow at the back of the gums. Most people get them in their late teens or early 20’s.
There is often little space at the back of the mouth which is why wisdom teeth can grow at odd angles or only partly show. When they are prevented from emerging in to the mouth they become known as impacted wisdom teeth. Impacted wisdom teeth can lead to problems such as toothache, infection and can cause issues to nearby teeth. Partially emerged teeth are also more prone to tooth decay and gum disease as they can be quite difficult to reach and brush. If you’re dentist decides that you’re wisdom teeth need removing then it’s really important that you take care of your gums and overall health while your mouth heals. This means:
The food you eat after having your wisdom teeth removed should be soft, easy to chew and full of vitamins and minerals. Eating a healthy diet will help your body stay strong and encourage your gums to heal. Here are 10 examples of foods that are soft in texture and full of nutrients.
Certain foods can irritate your mouth after surgery and can make it difficult for the wound to heal. For instance chewy and sticky food can be incredibly painful to eat during recovery. Their hard and sticky texture means they can become stuck in the gap where the tooth was, increasing the risk of infection. Spicy and hot food may also irritate the wound especially if your mouth is still numb and you can’t feel as much pain. Alcohol should also be avoided as it can interfere with any prescribed medication or painkillers.
Are your wisdom teeth coming through and causing you pain? Then book an appointment with Green Square Dental today on 01709 917 666.