Oral Surgery Post-Care: What and What Not to Eat After Getting Your Wisdom Teeth Taken Out
After oral surgery, you’ll need to rest and keep your strength up to recover properly. Unfortunately, you won’t be able to stick to your normal diet immediately after your wisdom teeth are removed. Luckily, there are plenty of options of things to eat, but there are also some things that you should absolutely avoid. Today in the Lynn Dental Care blog, we’ll talk about some things you can eat after oral surgery and what you should avoid.
Foods to Eat
Here are some foods we recommend after oral surgery:
You’ll notice that a lot of the foods we recommend are soft and easy to eat. That’s because your mouth, especially around the area of the surgery, will be very sensitive. Mashed potatoes are not only easy to eat, they are also hearty enough to provide you with a decent amount of nutrition. Plus you can make them in a variety of ways so you don’t get bored with the flavor.
Smoothies are great because you can pack them with a lot of nutrients that you may not be getting from other soft foods. Putting in things like kale, bananas, strawberries, oats, and more will give you a healthy, nutritious meal that will also soothe your mouth thanks to the cold temperature. Just make sure you do not drink it with a straw, as using a straw puts you at greater risk of causing dry socket.
Soup that doesn’t have chunks in it, such as chicken noodle soup and tomato soup, is a great way to get some nutrients and eat something that isn’t high in sugar. You’ll want to make sure not to eat the soup while it’s too hot since the high temperature could irritate your sensitive mouth.
Ice cream isn’t the healthiest option, but it does feel great in your mouth. Be sure to limit your ice cream intake and only have ice cream and milkshakes as an occasional treat. You’ll want to make sure the ice cream is soft serve, and if you get a milkshake, don’t drink it with a straw.
Foods to Avoid
Here are some foods you should avoid after oral surgery:
Any foods that are crunchy or chewy should be off-limits after your oral surgery. Things like chips or candy can break apart and lodge themselves in the surgical site. This not only hurts, it can also loosen the blood clot that covers the nerve and lead to dry socket. The pain that comes with dry socket isn’t worth eating crunchy and chewy foods right away.
While spicy foods might not cause any major issues, they can be highly irritating to your sensitive gums and teeth. It’s best to avoid spicy foods until your mouth has recovered more and can handle the irritation.
The problem with a lot of alcohol is the fact that they have sugar in them, which isn’t great for your teeth after oral surgery. But that’s not why you need to avoid it after oral surgery. After your surgery, you’ll most likely receive some prescription pain medication to help during recovery. These pills are dangerous to mix with alcohol, so it’s best to just wait until you’re off your medication before drinking alcohol.
Contact Lynn Dental Care for Your Oral Surgery
If you’re in need of oral surgery, such as wisdom teeth removal, contact Lynn Dental Care today. We also offer a variety of other dental services such as orthodontics, general dentistry, cosmetic dentistry, and more. Call today to schedule an appointment, or view our website for more information.