Following your wisdom tooth extraction, you might be wondering what you can eat without hurting your mouth. The good news is, you don’t have to eat only pudding or ice cream (unless you want to!) There are plenty of foods that are full of vitamins and nutrients to assist with healing and still give your diet a little variety.
First, here are some things that you shouldn’t eat to avoid dry socket or irritation:
- Because your mouth may still be numb, very hot food and drinks may cause you to burn your mouth without feeling it.
- Chewy foods may cause you to bite your lips and cheeks while they are still numb, again causing damage without your knowledge.
- Hard, crunchy foods like popcorn, pretzels, or nuts may not only damage the sensitive gum tissue, but also get caught in the socket left by the removed tooth.
- Spicy or acidic foods may irritate the socket and the sensitive tissue.
Here is what you should eat following a wisdom tooth extraction:
- Yogurt without pieces of fruit mixed in and cottage cheese all contain plenty of protein and calcium and are easy to eat.
- Applesauce and fruit smoothies provide vitamins, but make sure you don’t drink the smoothie through a straw- the suction made by the straw may disrupt the blood clot necessary for healing, and will cause dry socket.
- Scrambled eggs are high in protein and are soft enough to eat.
- Soft fish and finely-cut meat are full of protein.
- Whipped mashed potatoes with butter or gravy, and oatmeal are soft enough to eat, and are hearty enough to keep you full.
- Ice cream, specifically soft serve without add-ins, is cold enough to soothe the inflamed tissue.
- Blended or clear soups allow you to get your vegetables in, but are smooth enough to eat easily.
There are plenty of foods that you can eat following an extraction that help with the healing process and provide enough variety to keep you full and happy. Look for soft, protein-rich foods that are either cold or warm, but not hot. You’ll be healed in no time, and back to eating all the foods you love!