Getting teeth pulled is never fun, but it’s sometimes necessary to eliminate toothaches, prevent decay and infection and avoid overcrowding. After you’ve had a tooth or multiple teeth removed, you must feed yourself the right foods. Eating healthy foods lessens the risk of complications, alleviates swelling, and speeds up the recovery process. After tooth extraction, you should eat soft and easy to chew foods that are full of vitamins, minerals and proteins to boost your energy and help heal your wound.
The following are five kinds of food you should eat after tooth extraction:
Creamy blended vegetable soups like a tomato bisque or a butternut squash soup are the perfect food to eat after you’ve had a tooth removed. They are very easy to consume as they don’t require chewing and typically contain vitamins and minerals. By eating vegetable soup, you will meet your daily nutrition recommendations for vegetables without having to bite into a hard food like a carrot or cucumber. They additionally keep you hydrated, which is imperative after surgery. One thing to note is that you should let your soup cool off to room temperature before you eat it as hot foods can irritate the extraction site. Avoid chunky soups containing pieces of meat, pasta or rice as it will be difficult to chew.
Similar to soup, broth is an incredible choice for what to eat after tooth extraction or wisdom teeth removal. They taste great, keep you hydrated and are rich in vitamins and nutrients. Bone broth has been lauded for its health benefits a lot in the last few years, and for a good reason! It’s a stock with anti-inflammatory benefits made by simmering animal bones and connective tissue. Like with soup, ensure your broth is served at a lukewarm temperature to avoid irritation.
Smooth and creamy yogurt is healthy and soothing food to eat after your oral surgery. This tasty treat is high in protein, calcium, vitamins, probiotics and more. It’s essential to have a lot of protein in your diet during your healing period as it can speed up your recovery process.
Another idea to help you add more protein to your diet during your healing period is to blend yogurt with protein powder to make a shake or smoothie. Do not drink the smoothie or shake with a straw because using a straw can increase your risk of dry socket. Dry socket is a condition that occurs when the blood clot protecting your extraction site doesn’t develop properly, dissolves or dislodges before the wound heals.
4. Mashed Potatoes
Mashed potatoes are one of the most beloved comfort foods, and they’re a great food option after wisdom tooth extraction. Potatoes are rich in calories and nutrients that give you energy while you recover.
5. Scrambled Eggs
Eggs are one of the best foods to eat after impacted wisdom teeth removal. They are full of protein, vitamins and minerals and are easy to chew and swallow. Look for omega-3 enriched or pasteurized eggs as omega-3 fats can help your wound heal faster. There are many ways to prepare eggs, including poaching, frying and boiling. While you recover, we recommend scrambling eggs mixed with milk so they are softer and easier to eat.