50 Soft Foods To Eat After Wisdom Teeth Removal
After having wisdom teeth removed, it can often be difficult to find foods that are filling while still being soft and easy to eat. It’s important to eat what you feel comfortable with – people heal at different rates following surgery.
Remember not to use a straw, either, as it can remove the forming blood clots in your gums.
Here is a list of some of the soft foods and liquids you can add to your diet following dental surgery.
How do you chew and swallow?
If you have wool pads or sore areas in your mouth, the idea of chewing and swallowing can be scary. Work on chewing with the front teeth or if you're having softer more liquid foods, swish them around with saliva for a few seconds then swallow.
Warning: NEVER use a straw after having teeth removed as the suction will damage the clotting where your tooth was.
1. Apple-sauce – Cook apples till tender and blend. You can also try apricots and peaches.
2. Avocado – Mashed plain or mixed with salt, lemon or honey.
3. Baby Food – If you want premade puree, you can always try some tins of baby food.
4. Baked Beans & Spaghetti – Tinned and mashed is softest.
5. Bananas - Mash up well and eat with yoghurt or some milk.
6. Broth - Chicken, beef or vegetable make a nice savoury treat.
7. Casseroles - Soft and well cooked casserole with plenty of liquid.
8. Cheesecake (soft) – At least you can enjoy yourself during recovery.
9. Cheeses - Soft or melted cheese.
10. Clams – Smooth and creamy, go down easy.
11. Congee - A type of rice porridge that can be mixed with a variety of flavors.
12. Couscous/Semolina – Well cooked and can be eaten as a sweet or savoury.
13. Cottage Cheese – Plain or mixed with vegies.
14. Custard - Make it fresh or buy pre-made.
15. Dips - Tzatziki, lebneh, french onion, hummus & guacamole are great on their own or for adding some taste to other plain foods.
16. Eggs - Scrambled or poached with some soft melted cheese.
17. Fish - Soft tuna or lox.
18. Ice Cream – Or frozen yoghurt in your favourite flavour. Just avoid any that contain seeds or nuts.
19. Jelly/Jello – Soft and easy to eat.
20. Juice - Fresh squeezed fruit/vegetable juice or vitamin based juice.
21. Macaroni & Cheese – Make sure it’s well cooked and soft.
22. Mashed Potato – Make sure to blend or mash all the lumps out.
23. Meatloaf or Meatballs – Mashed up a little to avoid too much chewing.
24. Milk Drinks – Sustagen, or flavored milks.
25. Noodles/Pasta– Small or flat soft pasta that doesn’t require much chewing or slurping.
Do you need to take pain meds after wisdom tooth removal?
A few people don't feel the need to take pain meds at all. If you have a high pain tolerance or the tooth/teeth were removed straight out (instead of being crushed or wiggled because of bad placement) this might be you.
However, most people need at least some Paracetamol (Panadol or Tylenol). Ibuprofin (Neurofen) can also help.
Some people will still be in a lot of pain despite these drugs, so may need to resort to more serious pain meds.
If you're ever experiencing a lot of pain, you should always check with your doctor and pharmacist about which drugs are the best for you!
26. Nut Butter – Peanut, almond or cashew, well ground to avoid small pieces lodging in open gums.
27. Oatmeal - Mix in your favourite flavorings including honey, syrup or some mashed banana.
28. Pies - Soft vegetable and pastry pies are delicious, or you can simply scoop out the filling if the pastry is too hard to deal with.
29. Polenta - Can be used as a cereal or mixed up as a savoury with your favorite flavors.
30. Pudding - Chocolate or fruit.
31. Ramen - A quick and easy noodle broth soup.
32. Risotto - Make sure the rice is well cooked.
33. Mousse - Strawberry or chocolate.
34. Mushy Peas/Beans – Or refried beans.
35. Rice - Make sure it’s soft cooked.
36. Sherbert - A great frozen treat to help relieve pain.
37. Sloppy Joe – Without the bun.
38. Soup - Tomato or pumpkin are tasty and easy to drink.
39. Smoothies – Mix up some fresh fruit, milk and icecream in the blender.
40. Soaked Bread/Cookies – Soak cookies in milk or a hot drink and bread in soup. Avoid any that are likely to get too gluggy and fill the socket.
41. Spinach - Creamed or mashed. Helps raise iron levels so you heal faster.
42. Stew - Vegie stews cooked for an extended period in a slow cooker will be soft and savoury.
43. Sweet Breads – Like soft doughnuts, muffins or cupcakes.
44. Sweet Pies – Key lime or pumpkin.
45. Tapioca - You can make it up from scratch with your favorite juice.
46. Tea - The tannin in tea helps reduce bleeding. In the first few days have it iced or warm, not hot.
47. Tofu - Mash or cube it and mix with soy sauce or other flavoring.
48. Vegetables - Mash or blend pumpkin, potato, cauliflower or zucchini.
49. Waffles - Softened with juice or milk if needed.
50. Yoghurt - Avoid any that have seeds such as berry or passion fruit flavors.
Last updated on February 7, 2014
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