After extraction of a wisdom tooth, it may be difficult to swallow and open the mouth, so we have selected a few nutrition tips to make the postoperative period more comfortable for patients.
Foods that patients can consume:
- Soups are great after surgery because they are easy to eat, usually rich in nutrients and keep you hydrated. Must be consumed cool or cold!
- Like soups, broths are an excellent source of nutrients after dental surgery. They are not only delicious, but also contain a variety of vitamins and minerals. Broths are also a great way to stay hydrated if you try to drink enough water.
- Yogurt is full of proteins and various minerals that can aid recovery from oral surgery. Its creamy texture and cold temperature can be quite soothing.
- Mashed potatoes allow you to consume a lot of nutrients and energy with just a few bites, which is great if you are still having trouble moving your lower jaw.
- Scrambled eggs provide a great amount of protein as well as Vitamin D.
- Banana ice cream is a healthy alternative to regular ice cream and can relieve pain in the mouth after extraction.
- Avocados are a very nutritious and rich source of vitamin K, vitamin C and potassium. Interestingly, animal studies have found that avocados can accelerate the wound healing process. Although this study does not show that avocados accelerate wound healing in humans, the findings are promising.
- Smoothies - a great way to boost your nutrition when you are struggling to eat solid foods. They are easy to eat and very flexible as you can adjust the ingredients in cocktails to suit your tastes and meet your nutritional requirements.
- Humus is a great source of healthy fats, vitamins, minerals and proteins. This makes it great food for someone who has just had their teeth pulled.
- Pumpkins are nutritious, delicious and easy to swallow. Pumpkin vitamins can also enhance immunity, which in turn can improve wound healing.
- Salmon is a delicious fish rich in omega-3 fatty acids. These healthy fats can help reduce inflammation, which in turn can promote wound healing.
Foods to avoid after extraction:
- Spicy foods: May cause pain and irritation.
- Crispy and crunchy foods: Foods like chips and cookies can stay in the wound area and disrupt healing.
- Most cereals and seeds: They may fall into the wound and disrupt healing.
- Chewing foods: may increase the risk of bite of the cheek, lips and tongue, especially soon after surgery and before the anesthetic effect has passed.
- Use of straw - during suction it is possible to disrupt the formed coagulum, which increases the risk of developing dry alveolitis.
- Hot and hot foods and beverages.