Hindsight Is 20/20
Anyone who’s had their wisdom teeth removed can give you a lot of tips. And you have probably heard most of them. Dry socket it probably the worst thing that could possibly happen. It can be caused by attempting to smoke or drink through a straw before the site has healed properly.
Getting an infection at the surgical site is right up there with a dry socket. To avoid this, you will want to take your antibiotic exactly as prescribed. In addition, make sure you rinse your mouth with warm salt water at least four times each day. To make this solution, simply add a half a teaspoon of salt to eight ounces of warm water.
Swishing your mouth with lukewarm water after having anything at all to eat is a great idea as well. It can assure that no stray pieces of food will lodge in the wisdom teeth extraction site. Not only does this cause pain, it can also be a factor in causing infection to set in.
You Gotta Eat!
The impending surgery really worried my son, who is autistic. He had to have all four of his wisdom teeth removed and would undergo general anesthesia. We had tried to set his mind at ease by explaining everything in detail but we might have done too good a job.
He immediately began to worry that he would not be able to eat anything until his entire mouth had healed. For a growing boy who loves to eat, that was probably the most detrimental thing in the world!
So even before the surgery, we started compiling a list of things he could eat after his surgery. As it turns out, there are quite a few things you can eat, quite comfortably, and not starve yourself. They taste good, are nutritious and can be prepared quickly and easily.
Things You Can Eat After Having Your Wisdom Teeth Removed
The day of the surgery, you aren’t really going to want to eat anything. You will be numb and recovering from the anesthesia and you’ll be lucky to sip a few drinks of water. If your procedure is done in the early morning hours, however, you will probably be hungry by the end of the day.
At this time, it will be fine to have ice cream, milkshakes, popsicles, pudding, applesauce and anything else that’s smooth and cool. The dentist or surgeon will tell you not to eat or drink anything hot because it could burn your mouth.
Better safe than sorry.
Here are a few more foods that you’ll be able to eat from the second day forward. Since everyone is different, some of these might be better suited for several days forward. Listen to your body, and don’t attempt to force anything or move too quickly.
- Yogurt: This is a great choice to start with and is highly nutritious. Not only is it easy to eat as you recover, but it feels just a little bit like you’re spoiling yourself. But that’s ok! You will want to take it easy as far as foods go, and some of the greatest foods are ones you can eat in the first couple of days.
- Mashed Potatoes: To save time, you can use instant mashed potatoes, but regular potatoes, cooked and then mashed, are also fine. To make them a bit more smooth and even easier to eat, add some extra milk, cheese or mix it with a favorite gravy. You can mash just about any root vegetable for easy eating. Mashed sweet potatoes, carrots, and cauliflower make excellent choices.
- Cream or Broth-Based Soups: Many times, we have these soups in our pantry to use as recipe additions for dishes such as casseroles. They are great for someone who has recently had their wisdom teeth removed and are nourishing as well. You can also add cream soups to mashed potatoes or stuffing on the third or fourth day, for a meal that is even more filling.
- Scrambled Eggs: You will be able to eat these on the second day, depending on how you cook them. Some people cook scrambled eggs until they are completely done, fluffy and dry. Unfortunately, when cooked this way, they won’t be as easy to eat. Instead, cook them over a medium-high heat with about two tablespoons of butter, stirring quickly during the entire cooking process. Watch them closely and don’t allow them to cook until they are dry. You might even want to remove them from the heat from time to time, scraping the sides and making sure they are broken up. Serve them before they get dry and you can top them with a bit of cheese if you feel up to it.
- Soft Fish: As your mouth begins to heal more and more, you’ll be able to eat more foods that have a little sustenance to them. Soft fish is a great place to start and when cooked properly, will nearly melt in your mouth. Certain fish, such as tuna or salmon, can go straight from the can to your plate. Mixed with a little salad dressing or mayo, it will still be soft enough not to cause pain or stress to your jaw while you eat it.
- Finely Chopped Meat: Once you are nearing the finish line of the recovery process, you can add more “normal” foods to your plate. You can eat hot dogs with ease this way, for instance, when cut in small pieces with no bread. The same thing goes for lunch meats, chicken, turkey and certain pork and beef that you have cooked very tender. Beware of ground meats, however. The small particles can lodge in the wisdom teeth extraction site and cause a great deal of pain.
Following your dentist’s directions is the best way to avoid any problems after having wisdom teeth removed. When in doubt about any foods you would like to eat, you can always call the office to check.
If you have any foods I could add to this list, please be sure to drop me a note in the comment section below. I would love to hear from you!