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What to Eat After Wisdom Tooth Removal: A Guide for Parents

by Youth Dental

What to Eat After Wisdom Tooth Removal: A Guide for Parents

Reviewed By Dr. Jodi Kuhn

Reading time: 6 minutes

Wisdom tooth extraction is a common dental procedure for young adults. This is because the wisdom teeth, also known as third molars, often do not have enough space to properly erupt and can cause pain, infection, and other dental issues if not removed.

If your teen is scheduled for wisdom tooth removal, you’re probably wondering what they will be able to eat after surgery. Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered!

In this blog, we give you 50 soft food ideas and a sample meal to help guide you and your teen through the post-surgery recovery process.

Why is Soft Food Important After Wisdom Tooth Removal?

After wisdom tooth removal, the mouth and jaw can be sore and sensitive. Eating hard or crunchy foods can cause pain, irritation, and even damage to the surgical site. So it’s important to stick to soft foods that are easy to chew and swallow.

Soft foods help to prevent food particles from getting stuck in the healing socket, which can lead to infection. They also provide the necessary nutrients for healing and can help reduce swelling and discomfort.

Foods to avoid:

  • Hard or crunchy foods like chips, nuts, and raw vegetables
  • Sticky foods like caramel and chewing gum
  • Spicy or acidic foods that may irritate the surgical site
  • Hot foods
  • Foods with small seeds

Soft Foods Ideal for the First Few Days

In the initial days after wisdom tooth removal, focus on very soft and easy-to-swallow foods.

Top 10 Soft Foods:

  1. Mashed potatoes
  2. Applesauce
  3. Yogurt
  4. Pudding
  5. Smoothies (without seeds or nuts)
  6. Broth-based or blended soups
  7. Scrambled eggs
  8. Pureed vegetables
  9. Soft bread
  10. Cottage cheese

Nutrient-Rich Foods to Support Recovery

A balanced diet can aid in faster healing. Include nutrient-rich soft foods that provide essential vitamins and minerals to support your teen’s recovery.

Protein Sources

  • Soft tofu
  • Ground chicken or turkey (finely minced)
  • Soft fish (like tilapia or sole)
  • Hummus
  • Soft-cooked beans

Fruits and Vegetables

  • Mashed bananas
  • Avocado
  • Steamed and mashed carrots
  • Peach (peeled and pureed)
  • Pear (peeled and pureed)
  • Soft-cooked squash

Foods to Introduce in the Subsequent Week

As healing progresses, you can start introducing more variety. Gradually incorporate slightly firmer foods as the healing progresses.  

Easing into normal foods:

  1. Soft pasta
  2. Macaroni and cheese
  3. Oatmeal
  4. Cream of wheat
  5. Pancakes (softened with syrup)
  6. Rice pudding

Additional Options to Keep Mealtime Interesting

Keep things interesting! Variety will keep your teen interested in eating and ensure they receive diverse nutrients. Here are additional soft food options:

  • Milkshakes (without chunks) No straws! Serve it in a cup with a lid to make drinking easier.
  • Protein smoothies. Use fruit without seeds like mango, nectarine, cherries, melon and sneak in some spinach or kale for added fiber.
  • Soft scrambled eggs.
  • Ice cream (without nuts or hard mix-ins). It can be tricky to brush and floss after wisdom teeth removal, so try to limit sugary foods. We don’t want any sugar sitting on those teeth!
  • Soft-baked cookies (without hard edges) The healthier the better! Stick to low-sugar options with plenty of fiber.
  • Muffins. Opt for high fiber options with sneaky pureed vegetables.

Comprehensive List of 50 Soft Foods

Here’s a comprehensive list of 50 soft foods that are suitable for your teen after wisdom tooth removal. Print out this list or take a screenshot to have it handy.

  1. Mashed butternut squash
  2. Baked apples (softened)
  3. Ricotta cheese with honey
  4. Silken tofu smoothies
  5. Vegetable broth with rice noodles
  6. Soft-poached eggs
  7. Mashed cauliflower
  8. Jello
  9. Pancakes
  10. Polenta with cheese
  11. Mashed chickpeas
  12. Ground beef, chicken or turkey
  13. Flaked salmon
  14. Baba ganoush
  15. Cooked and mashed pumpkin
  16. Stewed prunes
  17. Mashed papaya
  18. Soft-cooked zucchini
  19. Nectarine
  20. Mango
  21. Acorn squash (cooked and mashed)
  22. Egg noodles (soft cooked)
  23. Cheesy grits
  24. Cream of Wheat
  25. French toast
  26. Bread pudding
  27. Chocolate mousse
  28. Fruit smoothie bowls (ensure all fruits are soft and without seeds)
  29. Mashed potatoes and gravy
  30. Scrambled eggs with cheese
  31. Ice cream or iced popsicles
  32. Banana bread (without any nuts or hard pieces)
  33. Soft cooked pasta with tomato sauce
  34. Hard boiled eggs
  35. Vanilla pudding with banana slices
  36. Omelet with vegetables
  37. Sourdough bread (softened in soup)
  38. Creamy mushroom risotto
  39. Apple butter spread
  40. Mashed peas
  41. Roasted vegetables
  42. Perogies
  43. Steamed dumplings (with soft fillings)
  44. Fried rice
  45. Quinoa
  46. Shepherd’s pie
  47. Porridge oats soaked in apple juice
  48. Creamy barley soup
  49. Chicken and vegetable soup
  50. Pudding

To make things easier for you, we recommend making a week’s worth of meals beforehand and freezing them in individual portions. This will save you time and energy during the recovery process.

Sample Meal Ideas

Here’s a day’s worth of meal ideas to get you started:

  • Breakfast: Scrambled eggs with cheese, mashed avocado on sourdough bread (crusts removed).
  • Lunch: Cream of mushroom soup with soft-cooked pasta and pureed vegetables.
  • Dinner: Chicken and vegetable stir-fry over quinoa.
  • Snack ideas: Smoothies made with silken tofu or protein powder, banana, mango, and spinach. Mashed papaya with ricotta cheese drizzle. Vanilla pudding topped with stewed prunes.

A Reminder About Dry Socket

Dry socket, or alveolar osteitis, is a painful condition that can occur after wisdom teeth removal. 

It develops when the blood clot that normally forms in the socket where the tooth was removed either dissolves or becomes dislodged, exposing the underlying bone and nerves. 

This can lead to severe pain, delayed healing, and an increased risk of infection.

To reduce the risk of developing dry socket, avoid activities that can disturb the blood clot, such as using straws, smoking, or consuming hard or crunchy foods in the days following surgery. 

If you suspect a dry socket, contact your dentist or surgeon right away.

If your teen had their surgery performed at our office, and you suspect they may have dry socket, contact us right away at (303) 953-8801 or on our emergency line at (303) 886-0699.

Denver Youth Dentistry – Your Partners in Oral Health

At Denver Youth Dentistry, we are dedicated to providing the highest quality of dental care for your teen. 

If you have any questions or concerns about their recovery after wisdom teeth removal, please don’t hesitate to reach out to us. We are here to support you and your family every step of the way.

In addition to post-surgery care, we also offer a wide range of comprehensive dental services for children and teenagers. From routine cleanings and check-ups to orthodontic treatment, we have your child’s oral health covered.

💡Did you know?

We accept Medicaid! We believe that all children deserve access to quality dental care, regardless of their family’s financial situation. If you have any questions about our services or insurance coverage, please don’t hesitate to give us a call.

Contact us today to schedule an appointment for your teen or ask about our pre-surgery preparation tips. 

To book an appointment at any one of our locations, call (303) 953-8801 or complete the online inquiry form. We look forward to helping your family achieve healthy and happy smiles! 

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