If you had your tonsils out when you were a kid, you might remember all the fun foods you were able to eat afterward. The ideal diet after a wisdom tooth removal may bring back a happy memory or two! After dental surgery you deserve some comfort food and special treats.
What To Do (And Not Do) After Wisdom Tooth Removal
Dental surgery, like any other kind of surgery, takes a toll on our bodies. We need to consume the proper nutrition to remain healthy, reduce the swelling, and minimize any complications. Our diet should be loaded with vitamins, minerals and protein to help us heal. Not sounding like the tonsils diet? Just wait.
Obviously we need foods that are soft and creamy so as not to affect the wound area. The first rule is no chewing for approximately the first week and the second rule is no sucking on a straw, plastic or paper!
What To Eat After A Wisdom Tooth Removal
Now to the good part. Here is a list of recommended foods for the first week.:
Smoothies And Shakes
We love these when we feel fine, but they will be even more satisfying after a dental procedure. Add in some protein powder for a nutritious boost. Their chilly effect will help with the swelling, but remember, no straws; use a spoon.
This is another creamy and healthy choice. The probiotics in yogurt will work together to reduce the negative effects of the antibiotics you are most likely taking.
Soups And Broths
Choose soups that are non-chunky with small pieces of vegetables or meat. Chicken broth is an all time favorite.
Now we’re talking! Keep the skins on and mash them really well. Enjoy the opportunity to savor a big bowl and try to be frugal with the butter and salt, – or not. Loaded with carbs and nutrients, let this mashed creation cool a bit before you dig in.
Yes, treat yourself just like when you were a kid. Be sure to avoid any of the crunchy fillings added in, and once again, this frozen treat will soothe your wound and taste great too. It has lots of sugar so don’t overdo.
However you like your eggs, scrambled or over easy, this will boost your protein intake. Look for pasteurized and the Omega- 3 enriched varieties which help with wound healing.
Puddings And Custards
No chewing needed and you deserve the treat. Right?
Mac And Cheese
Keep these comfort foods coming! You might want to wait a few days before digging into this universal comfort food, but this and any other soft noodle dish is a good choice.
This is another soft treat that is loaded with Vitamin C to aid in wound healing.
This creamy fruit is filled with Vitamin K, Vitamin C, and potassium. No chips this time, but you can also add avocado to one of your smoothies.
Choose the instant kind which is easier to eat when you can’t chew. Oatmeal is filling and a great source of fiber.
If you are preparing for wisdom tooth removal in Hickory, NC, Contact Dr. J.D. Robinette to double check everything should do to aid in your healing process.