Posted on: 18 October 2018
Having your wisdom teeth removed may seem scary, but it's actually a fairly routine surgery with few complications. As long as you follow your oral surgeon's aftercare instructions, the chances are good that you'll be just fine. However, the recommendation to stick to soft foods for some time after the surgery can be daunting for some people, especially if you want to maintain a healthy diet and feel full after you eat. Take a look at some soft foods that are healthy and filling choices for patients recovering from wisdom tooth surgery.
Avocados have a unique texture that makes them a good choice for patients recovering from wisdom tooth surgery. Underneath the skin, avocados are smooth and creamy. You can mash or whip them in order to make them softer, but after a day or two, you'll probably be able to eat them as is since they don't require much chewing.
Unlike many other varieties of fruit, avocados are low in carbs but high in healthy fat. This means that they'll help you feel full without causing you to feel bloated. Avocados also have another feature that makes them particularly suited for patients recovering from dental surgery—they contain a combination of vitamins and other elements that can aid in wound healing. For example, they contain Vitamin B6, which offers immune system support, and Vitamin K, which promotes blood clotting. Not only are avocados a tasty snack, but they could also help you feel better faster.
Broth may taste delicious and help keep you hydrated, but it's often too thin to help you feel full after you eat it. Unfortunately, most hearty soups and stews will be off limits—you won't be able to chew chunks of meat, and even soft chunks of cooked vegetables may irritate your wounds. But a blended soup, like pumpkin soup, is hearty and smooth, so you can drink it without needing to chew or worrying about bits of food touching your wounds, and you'll feel full when you're finished.
Although it's a thick liquid, pumpkin soup is still a liquid that will help you stay hydrated, which is important after dental surgery. What's more, pumpkin is a good source of potassium, which also has wound healing properties. Plus, it's easy for your body to absorb nutrients from blended foods like pumpkin soup.
Homemade Ice Cream
Ice cream is commonly recommended after wisdom tooth surgery because it's easy to eat and the cold treat can soothe your sore gums. However, too much sugar can irritate your gums, and if you're trying to avoid unhealthy foods, you may not want to eat too much ordinary ice cream.
Luckily, you can make your own low-calorie ice cream easily with just a blender, a little milk, and some fruit. Banana ice cream is a good choice because it's easy to blend bananas to create an ice-cream-like consistency. However, you can also throw in pitted cherries, blueberries, or grapes (you may want to avoid strawberries, as the small seeds could get stuck in your teeth, even after blending). Just freeze the bananas, and any other fruit you'd like to use, overnight. Cut the bananas into slices, and put them in the blender with a small amount of milk and the frozen berries if you're using them, then blend until the frozen fruit is thick and smooth. Then you'll have a cold, comforting treat that won't cause a sugar rush or calorie overload.
For more information on how long you'll need to eat soft foods after your surgery, contact a dental clinic like Smile Makers Dental. Then stock up on soft foods ahead of time, so you won't need to worry about shopping after your surgery.Share