Foods To Eat (& Avoid) After Wisdom Teeth Removal

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Inside: What are the best foods to eat after wisdom teeth removal? Here’s a daily list of what to eat (and what to avoid), to prepare you.

Very soft fruits, apples, and canned fruits are easy on sensitive mouths

When my son had all four of his wisdom teeth removed recently, I had an embarrassing flashback to when he got braces years ago.

What they both had in common: I knew it was coming for months but somehow I got caught with flat feet.

As he lay on the couch in the anesthesia center, I would call into the surgeon’s office with questions, rush to the grocery store to pick up various foods and drinks, and wonder why I wasn’t better prepared. Again!

So if wisdom teeth removal is imminent for your child, I wanted to share some helpful information on what to eat (and avoid) in the days and weeks after surgery, so at least he will stay ready.

Why is it important

Because wisdom tooth extraction is dental surgery, it involves a healing process and recovery time. The body needs nutrition and hydration—but you must take care to allow the surgical sites to heal. A common problem is dry socket, a painful condition that occurs when blood clots don’t form or pass before the area heals. The nerves can end up being exposed, which is incredibly unpleasant (I had a dry socket when I had my wisdom teeth out in my 20s and it was awful!).

ADVICE: Hydration is important, but do not offer herbal drinks for the first few days. Drinking through a straw creates suction in the mouth which can dislodge blood clots.

What to Eat After Wisdom Teeth Removal

Here are some great options for each recovery day, and two weeks after wisdom teeth surgery. (Always follow your surgeon’s advice and guidelines on what foods to eat and what to avoid. These ideas are just suggestions that have worked for us.)

A glass of Chocolate Peanut Butter Protein Shake sits on a wooden tableA glass of Chocolate Peanut Butter Protein Shake sits on a wooden table
A very liquid diet is fine on the day of surgery

The day of surgery

Your child may be groggy, lethargic, and not in the mood to eat or drink much. Their throat may hurt. So usually liquid food and drinks are best.

What you should have:

  • Yogurt (regular and Greek yogurt)
  • Yogurt and kefir drinks
  • Pudding (avoid chia or rice pudding for now; here’s a recipe for smooth Chocolate Tofu Pudding)
  • Smoothies and protein shakes, like my Chocolate Peanut Butter Protein Shake
  • Broth such as chicken, beef, or veggie
  • Smooth applesauce (no bits or pieces of peel)
  • Ice cream or “Nice Cream” (frozen bananas blended in a blender or food processor)
  • Popsicles (our favorite are the Popsicles bars)
  • Jell-O
  • Ginger ale in case of nausea

TIP: My son used our Zoku Slush & Shake Maker to make slushies the first few days after surgery. You can put juice, lemonade, soda, and other drinks in it.

What to avoid:

  • Very hot drinks and food, which can irritate the surgical areas
  • Foods and drinks that have small pieces in them
  • Solid, hard foods that can damage the outlet, such as popcorn, chips, nuts, and seeds
  • Spicy food
  • Foods with seeds and small grains that can get stuck in sores

ADVICE: Protein helps the body recover. You can increase your child’s protein intake by including foods and drinks such as milk, yogurt (especially Greek yogurt), protein powder added to foods such as smoothies, oatmeal, pancakes, and desserts made with milk.

The day after surgery

You will want to stick to a very soft diet. Your child may still be in pain and not wanting to chew as much. Very soft foods and foods with sour cream will taste good.

What you should have:

  • Anything from Day 1
  • Mashed potatoes and smooth gravy
  • Cottage cheese
  • Activated/mixed beans
  • Blended soups or cream soups without chunks or chunks (warm, not hot)
  • Hummus (no green vegetables or pita yet)

ADVICE: Biting a tea bag soaked in cool water (and then drained) can help with pain and inflammation, due to the tannic acids in the tea.

What to avoid:

  • Foods and drinks that have small pieces in them
  • Solid, hard foods that can damage the outlet such as popcorn, chips, nuts, and seeds
  • Spicy food
  • Very hot foods and drinks, which may irritate the surgical site
  • Foods with seeds and small grains that can get stuck in sores

ADVICE: To quickly make a small portion of mashed potatoes, peel and put two russet potatoes. Place in a microwave safe bowl covered loosely with a lid. Microwave for 8-9 minutes or until tender when pierced with a knife or fork. Blend with an immersion blender or hand mixer while adding the milk, butter, and/or sour cream, and salt, until smooth.

Mashed potatoes in a bowlMashed potatoes in a bowl
A bowl of mashed potatoes is a comfort food on Day 2

Day 3

By the third day, your baby will probably feel much better but it is best to stick to soft foods and foods that require little chewing. Your child’s jaw may also be sore.

What you should have:

  • Anything from Day 1 and Day 2
  • Scrambled eggs
  • Slow cooked vegetables
  • Tofu
  • Oatmeal (homemade or instant oatmeal)
  • Slow cooked pasta
  • Mac-n-cheese
  • Baked potatoes (either sweet potatoes or white potatoes)
  • Pancakes (try My Protein Pancakes)
  • A ripe banana
  • Canned fruit
  • PB&J (use a thin layer of peanut butter so it doesn’t stick too much and avoid a hard crust)

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What to avoid:

  • A lot of chewed food
  • Solid, hard foods that can damage the outlet such as popcorn, chips, nuts, seeds, and pieces of bread
  • Spicy food
  • Foods with seeds and small grains that can get stuck in sores

Next 10-12 days

Your baby can eat a lot of food, but you’ll still want to make him soft foods that don’t require a lot of chewing. Their mouth may be sensitive, and their surgical sites are still healing.

What you should have:

Quick Pot Mac and CheeseQuick Pot Mac and Cheese
By day 3, your baby may be ready for soft foods like mac-n-cheese

What to avoid:

  • Green, crunchy vegetables like baby carrots
  • Chewy, crusty bread (like baguettes)
  • Fine snacks such as potato chips and tortilla chips have sharp edges
  • Spicy food
  • Foods with seeds and small grains can get stuck in the outlet

After that, your child will probably be able to resume regular meals with their favorite regular foods if they feel good.

Some useful things you should have

  • Frozen Ice Packs
  • Extra gauze
  • Ibuprofen and Extra Strength Tylenol (or any over-the-counter pain reliever your surgeon recommends)
  • Warm compresses (moist, warm compresses can help with swelling after the first two days)

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