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What to eat after wisdom teeth removal

17th December 2019

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.

 

What are wisdom teeth?

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.

 

Why do wisdom teeth need to be removed?

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:

 

Food to eat after having your wisdom teeth removed

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.

 

  1. Soup – packed full of vegetables, vitamins and minerals a healthy soup will be delicate on the mouth and will keep you hydrated after surgery.
  2. Greek Yogurt – It’s creamy and cold texture can be quite soothing after having surgery. It’s also a good source of protein, calcium and zinc.
  3. Mashed Potato – Mashed potato is really palatable after having your wisdom teeth removed. It can also be quite filling which is ideal if you’re struggling to eat much food.
  4. Scrambled eggs – Scrambled eggs are ever so easy to chew and swallow and are full of vitamins and protein including, Vitamin A, Vitamin D, B12, Folate and Iodine.
  5. Bananas – While bananas are already quite soft, mashed bananas are even softer in texture. They’re also packed full of minerals including potassium, vitamin B6, manganese and folate.
  6. Smoothies – Smoothies are a great option if you’re struggling to eat a full meal. You can add a variety of fruits, vegetables and even protein powder to ensure you’re getting the right nutrients.
  7. Porridge – Oats are an incredibly wholesome and filling food that is also a great source of fibre. Team with soft fruit like bananas or raspberries for a tasty and soft meal.
  8. Salmon – Salmon is well known for being rich in omega 3 fatty acids and is one of the most healthiest fish you can eat. Its soft and flaky texture also makes it super easy to eat.
  9. Cottage Cheese – The soft creamy texture of cottage cheese makes it easy to consume after wisdom teeth removal. It’s also low in calories and packed with vitamins.
  10. Avocado – Avocados are low in carbs but high in healthy fats making them a healthy and smooth option for meal times.

 

Food to avoid after having your wisdom teeth removed

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.

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