After Oral Surgery
10 soft foods you should have available after having oral surgery
- Blended soups
Blended soups, like tomato or pumpkin soup, are great to eat after you’ve had your wisdom teeth removed. They’re easy to consume and don’t contain bits that could irritate the area of surgery.
In addition, soups are generally rich in vitamins and minerals. This helps ensure you meet the daily nutrition recommendations when you can’t eat many whole fruits or vegetables.
Blended soups also keep you hydrated, which is very important after surgery.
It’s wise to ensure your soups are either lukewarm or cold, because hot soups can cause irritation. Also, make sure to blend vegetable-based soups as smooth as possible to avoid chunks.
Like soups, broths are an excellent source of nourishment after oral surgery.
Not only are they delicious, they also contain a variety of vitamins and minerals. Moreover, broths are a great way to stay hydrated if you struggle to drink enough water.
Bone broth is a type of broth touted for its health benefits. It’s a nutritious stock made by simmering animal bones and connective tissue.
Make sure to consume the broth either lukewarm or cold to avoid irritating the wound.
- Greek yogurt
Greek yogurt is a nutritious high-protein food you can enjoy after dental surgery. It has a smooth and creamy texture that may help soothe and numb your mouth.
Greek yogurt is rich in protein, vitamins, and minerals such as calcium and zinc.
High-protein foods may aid the recovery process. In fact, several studies have linked a low-protein diet to a slower recovery.
- Mashed potatoes
Potatoes are a root vegetable that can be prepared in many ways. Specifically, mashed potatoes can be a comforting food after you’ve had your wisdom teeth removed.
They’re rich in calories and nutrients, both important for recovery. This is because people have slightly higher energy requirements after having surgery.
Mashed potatoes allow you to consume lots of nutrients and energy in just a few bites, which is great if you’re struggling to eat enough food.
Just make sure that your mashed potatoes are lukewarm or cold, as hot foods may irritate the wound.
- Scrambled eggs
Eggs are among the best foods to eat after having your wisdom teeth out. They’re a source of high-quality protein rich in vitamins and minerals.
Scrambled eggs may be easier to chew and swallow, compared to other egg preparations. When it comes to buying eggs, try to find pasteurized or omega-3-enriched varieties. Omega-3 fats may aid wound healing.
Scrambled eggs should be served lukewarm or cool in temperature, as hot foods may irritate the wound.
Apples are hard and crunchy, which isn’t ideal after having your wisdom teeth removed. Eating applesauce is one way to increase your fruit intake while avoiding irritation.
However, applesauce is usually made from puréed apples, which are typically skinless and cored — and this reduces their nutritional content. This is because the skin contains many vitamins, minerals, and fiber.
Nevertheless, a skinless apple is a good source of vitamins like vitamin C. This vitamin may help boost the immune system, which in turn may aid the wound healing process.
Smoothies are a great way to boost your nutrition when you can’t eat a solid meal.
They’re easy to consume and highly versatile. You can adjust the ingredients in smoothies to suit your tastes and meet your nutrition goals.
For example, smoothies with Greek yogurt or a scoop of protein powder can boost your protein intake significantly, which is important for recovery. Studies have shown that a low protein intake may impair the recovery process.
Try adding some fruit and vegetables into the blender alongside your choice of protein. It’s best to use fruit that’s seedless, avoid fruits like strawberries, blackberries and raspberries.
- Mashed bananas
Bananas are among the most popular fruits in the world. Their soft texture makes them easy to chew and swallow after dental surgery.
What’s more, bananas are incredibly nutritious and provide a wide variety of vitamins and minerals, such as potassium, vitamin B6, manganese, and folate.
Mashing bananas can further soften their texture to reduce the risk of discomfort.
- Banana ice cream
People often recommend eating ice cream when you’re recovering from wisdom tooth surgery. While the coldness may have a soothing effect on the wound, regular ice cream is typically high in sugar and fat.
Banana ice cream is a healthy and delicious homemade alternative to regular ice cream.
How to Make Banana Ice Cream
- 3–4 bananas, peeled
- a splash of milk (or almond or oat milk if you’d like a dairy-free alternative)
- Place bananas in the freezer for 3–4 hours or overnight.
- Cut frozen bananas into slices.
- Place frozen bananas into a blender and add milk.
- Blend until mixture has a thick, smooth consistency and enjoy.
Hummus is a common dip in Middle Eastern cuisine that’s become popular worldwide.
It’s a great source of healthy fats, vitamins, minerals and protein. This makes hummus an excellent food for someone who just had their wisdom teeth removed (18Trusted Source).
You can make hummus by blending chickpeas, olive oil, tahini, lemon, and garlic in a food processor. Alternatively, you can purchase premade hummus from most supermarkets.
Unfortunately, you may not be able to enjoy hummus with chips or pita bread because their crunchy texture may damage the wound. However, hummus is still delicious to eat by itself.
Foods to avoid
Several types of foods can irritate the wounds in your mouth as they’re healing after surgery.
Here are some foods to avoid after wisdom tooth removal:
- Spicy foods: may cause pain and irritation.
- Crunchy and crumbly foods (like chips or cookies): may get lodged in the wound area and disrupt healing
- Most grains and seeds: can also get lodged in the wound and disrupt healing
- Chewy foods: can increase your risk of biting your cheek, lips, and tongue, especially soon after the surgery while your mouth is still numb
- Alcohol: may irritate the wound or interact with any prescribed medication (it’s best to avoid it entirely during the recovery period)
It’s also important to avoid using a straw while you recover from wisdom tooth removal or oral surgery procedures. Straws create suction in the mouth which increases the risk of developing a dry socket.
A dry socket is a painful condition in which the clot protecting the area where the tooth was removed becomes dislodged. As a result, the underlying bones and nerves are exposed to air, which causes pain and will delay healing.
Excellent foods to eat after wisdom teeth or oral surgical procedures include:
- soups and broths
- Greek yogurt
- mashed potatoes
- scrambled eggs
- apple purée
- banana ice cream
- mashed avocados