What to eat after your wisdom tooth removal
After undergoing oral surgery to remove my wisdom teeth about two months ago, I can confidently say that it was a very unpleasant experience that I would never want to relive. Not only were my cheeks severely swollen, leaving me chipmunk-faced for a few days, but my diet was strictly limited to mashed and liquid food. Eating food that’s not solid, for days at a time, can be frustrating, so I’m here to share a few meals that kept me filled during my days of recovery and made my healing process just a little bit more bearable.
#1: Mashed potatoes
Mashed potatoes are creamy, savory, smooth and a perfect food to eat after an oral surgery. Potatoes are a very nutritious, containing potassium, vitamin C, fiber, carbohydrates, fats, and protein necessary to fuel the body. Mashed potatoes are also very easy to prepare and are sure to keep you full. However, be cautious; avoid eating food that is too hot after oral surgery because this can prolong swelling. Wait for your mashed potatoes to completely cool before eating them.
#2: Ice cream
One of my favorite things to eat after oral surgery is ice cream. It’s cold, sweet, soft, and incredibly soothing for your gums. You don’t want to buy ice cream with nuts, pieces of candy, or hard fruit inside, because these can hurt the inside of your mouth. Instead, stick with flavors like chocolate, vanilla, cotton candy, and coffee, which usually aren’t known to include chunky ingredients. This is your excuse to indulge, so have as much as you want! It might not be the healthiest option, but it will certainly make you feel better as you recover.
#3: Blended yogurt rice
Yogurt rice, or rice and yogurt mixed together in a blender, is a good source of nutrition for the body. Its calcium and protein help to keep you full and strong throughout the day, and it’s very easy to chew lightly and swallow. For added protein and flavor, you can blend beans, lentils, spinach, or other vegetables into the rice as well. This meal is cold and refreshing, making it a perfect choice for lunch or dinner while your gums heal.
#4: Macaroni and cheese
Once two or three days have passed, macaroni and cheese is another safe option. Mac and cheese is creamy and delicious, but it requires more chewing than any of the choices mentioned above. My recommendation is to give your mouth about two days, and then prepare yourself a mac and cheese lunch or dinner. Try to chew through it slowly, taking small bites at a time, and if it’s still painful to eat, toss it into the blender for a second or two and then try it again. It might seem gross to blend mac and cheese, but this comfort food will still taste amazing even after being mashed a little. You can always add cream, butter and cheese to further improve the texture of the mac and cheese and give it more flavor.