Post Wisdom Teeth Extraction: Food

Weird people make weird posts, or so I’d like to think to make me feel better about posting the weirdest post I’ve yet to post. For some time now, I’ve wanted to share my input on foods one can eat during the Wisdom teeth extraction healing process, for whatever reason (even I don’t know, so don’t ask).

1: The day of your extraction.

When you’ve taken your first dose of meds and have managed to nap despite that weird feeling in your mouth, you’re going to want to start out with the obvious:

  • Pudding
  • Ice Cream
  • Yogurt
  • Applesauce

Now you should start out cold, since it’ll feel good on your gums, but maybe by the end of the day you’ll want something different like broth or warmed applesauce.

2: The day you start to have a dire need for solid food.

After cramming your stomach with all that lovely liquidy food in attempt to get rid of that hunger you have, you’re going to eventually start to want more solid food (or like me, get sick and tired of the same old ice cream, pudding, etc.). You’ll start dreaming of steaks, wings, and whatever, but you should probably try and pace yourself by allowing yourself soft, solid food to kill the hunger that you can swallow whole like:

  • Rice or Orzo
  • Mashed potatoes
  • Mac n Cheese
  • Peas
  • Scrambled Eggs
  • Oatmeal
  • Ramon Noodles
  • A Blended Soup (i.e. Tomato Soup, Carrot Soup, even Cream of Mushroom soup, etc.)
  • Potato, Tuna, or even Egg Salad
  • Cottage Cheese
  • Beans (Baked, Refried, etc.)
  • Chopped up Banana
  • Hummus
  • Soft Casseroles (i.e. Potato, Tuna Noodle, etc.)
  • Meatloaf
  • Guacamole
  • Stuffing
  • Spaghetti
  • Chili

I remember I wasn’t as thoughtful as I am now about the list up above and managed to eat the soft insides of a dinner role. I needed solid food that badly. I also remember my sister made me some smoothies and they made me feel so much better about my situation! I’ve also swallowed tater tots whole out of desperation for them.

3: The day you get your stitches out.

Congratulations. You’ve made it this far without going absolutely insane! Now that you have gotten your stitches out (or they’ve dissolved, as told to you by your Oral/Maxillofacial Surgeon), you’ll get to start easing back into your normal eating routine. But you’ve just gotten your stitches out (or whatever) so you need to take it slow. Okay?

You’ll want to mix the list up above with foods that may be soft, but would require some minor chewing, or to even be in diced portions (chew slowly and carefully!) such as:

  • French Fries
  • Chicken Nuggets
  • Boneless Chicken (in my opinion boneless chicken has always cooked up softer and less chewier than bone-in chicken…)
  • Fish
  • Small, Easily-Soggy Cereal (i.e. Rice Krispies, Frosted Flakes, Cheerios, etc.)
  • Skinless Apple Slices
  • Soft, Simple-ish Sandwiches (i.e. Ham/Turkey and Cheese, Monte Cristo, Nutella and Banana, PB&J, etc.)
  • Any Cooked Potatoes
  • Soft Cookies (Banana, Peanut Butter, Sugar, etc.)
  • Tortellini Pastas
  • Tater Tots
  • Meatballs
  • Lasagna
  • Stroganoff
  • Ham
  • Pork Loin
  • Corned Beef

And slowly work your way towards that steak, raw vegetables, wings, chips n dip, or even those tacos you’ve been dreaming about the minute hunger hit you after your Wisdom teeth were extracted.

Hope this post helped! Now this was a list from the top of my head. Obviously, there are so many different recipes out there that there’s endless different foods for each category above.

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