While wisdom teeth removal is common, it is still major surgery. Recovery takes a couple of weeks. You will need to stick to a diet of soft foods while your mouth heals. Luckily, you have so many choices. Read on for 25 perfect foods to eat after you’ve said good-bye to your wisdom teeth.
1. Potato Soup
This savory soup is creamy and satisfying. It’s super easy to make too! The main ingredient is frozen mashed potatoes, believe it or not. You just need a blender. This recipe makes a good bit of soup, so it can last you several days. Recipe here.
If you haven’t enjoyed this childhood staple in a few years, now is a great time! You can whip it up at home with this simple recipe. Gala apples are a great choice for homemade applesauce, but most varieties will do. In fact, this recipe works well with several varieties. Recipe and image from here.
3. Banana Puree
Purees aren’t just for babies. They’re perfect for the new you that doesn’t have wisdom teeth! It can be as simple as mashing up the banana with your fork. If you prefer, you can use a food processor. Your body will thank you for the potassium. Recipe here.
4. PB&J Smoothie
You can’t chow down on a peanut butter and jelly sandwich post-oral surgery. Why not give it a shot in smoothie form? This vegan recipe requires only 7 ingredients! With stitches, it is best that you leave out the chia seeds though. You won’t be losing anything in taste! Recipe from here.
5. Pureed Tuna Salad
This recipe comes from a collection of meals for post-weight loss surgery. Luckily, this puree is great after oral surgery as well. If you love tuna, try out this tuna salad puree. It calls for a food chopper, but a blender can also work. Recipe and image here.
6. Pureed Egg Salad
Maybe tuna salad isn’t your cup of tea. I get it. I prefer eggs myself. This tastes just like traditional egg salad, just softer. Eggs are an excellent source of protein, which can speed up the healing process. You can also swap out mayonnaise for Greek yogurt. Recipe here.
7. Chocolate Mousse
Chocolate mousse is a delicious dessert any day. When your mouth is healing though, it can feel like a special treat. This mousse tastes so decadent, you won’t believe how easy it is to make. This recipe only needs 3 ingredients and you probably have them already! Recipe here.
8. Cold-Brew Mocha-Coffee Panna Cotta
So, you love coffee, but the hot temperature of the beverage isn’t ideal with a healing mouth. You have to get your coffee fix though! What if you made a gelatin dessert that tastes just like coffee? This recipe includes certified clean bulletproof coffee. Delicious! Recipe here.
9. Scrambled Eggs
Scrambled eggs are a no-brainer for soft foods. There’s a strong chance you have a carton of eggs sitting in your fridge right now and they only take minutes to whip up. If you find plain eggs too boring, go ahead and throw in your favorite toppings, like cheese or avocado. Recipe here.
10. Baked Garlic Cheese Grits
Maybe grits aren’t on your usual menu. That’s understandable. You are missing out though. This creamy cornmeal dish is savory. It works at any time of the day as well. This is an oogey-gooey treat and you will love it. Recipe here.
11. Crock Pot Refried Beans
If you haven’t been much of a bean eater before, I recommend you start now. It’ll be a gas! Flatulence jokes aside, beans are a super food. Beans are high in iron, which is important to your immune system. You can dump the ingredients in the crockpot and forget about it until it’s time to eat. Recipe here.
12. Mashed Potatoes
While recovering, you should stay away from French fries and potato chips. The thought of a piece of chip lodging itself in your stitches should be enough to dissuade you. Mashed potatoes, though, are a safe way to satisfy your potato craving. Recipe here.
13. Sweet Potato and Cauliflower Mash
Nowadays, every carbohydrate-loaded food has a cauliflower substitute. Mashed potatoes are no exception. This sweet potato and cauliflower dish tastes even better than traditional mashed potatoes! Plus, cauliflower is so good for you. Recipe here.
14. Green Smoothie
Smoothies are a creamy delight in a glass. Don’t enjoy your smoothie with a straw, however. Sucking through a straw can cause dry socket, where the blood clot dislodges from the wound and prevents proper healing. Dry socket is very painful, so just save the straws for later. Recipe here.
15. Butterscotch Pudding
Let’s skip the Snack Packs. This recipe makes the best butterscotch pudding you’ve ever had. Top that dessert with a huge mountain of whipped cream. You’re recovering, after all. There’s no whipped cream limit right now. Recipe here.
16. Cinnamon Roll Oatmeal
Oatmeal may be recommended for heart health, but it’s a great option after oral surgery as well. Yes, cinnamon roll oatmeal does taste as good as it sounds! Be sure to use steel cut oats instead of instant for this one. It just tastes better! Recipe here.
17. Keto Cream of Wheat
If oatmeal isn’t your thing, you might be more into Cream of Wheat. This hot cereal is filling and comforting. Plus, if you’re currently on the Keto diet, this recipe fulfills all the requirements. Surgery doesn’t have to break your ketoacidosis streak. Recipe here.
18. Crockpot Rice Pudding
While you’re recovering from your wisdom teeth extraction, the crockpot will be your best friend. While it takes hours, it requires very little work. For once, doing only a little work will totally pay off. Bonus: this rice pudding recipe doesn’t include eggs. Recipe here.
19. Roasted Garlic Hummus
If you like chickpeas, you’re in luck. While you can’t chow down on whole chickpeas, you can enjoy them in hummus form. You can even just eat hummus by itself by the spoonful. You may be accustomed to dipping chips in hummus, but skip the crunch. Recipe here.
20. Blackberry Nice Cream
A lot of people, for one reason or another, can’t stomach dairy. Luckily, there are so many tasty recipes for faux ice cream out there! This dairy-free ice cream only needs protein powder, bananas, and blackberries. Recipe here.
21. Raw Pepper and Tomato Soup
Soup is almost required when you’re feeling under the weather. This nutritious creamy soup is sure to hit the spot. You can’t go wrong. It’s vegan and gluten-free. At only 276 calories a serving, you can eat as much as you want. Recipe here.
22. Orange Sherbert
This recipe has been modernized from a 1950s orange juice recipe, so it stands the test of time. For this icy treat, you’re going to need an ice cream machine, so borrow one if you need to. Recipe here.
23. Goat Cheese Polenta
Polenta is typically a side dish, but it is savory enough to stand by itself as an entree. The cook time for this recipe is only 12 minutes, which is practically unheard of for polenta. Take advantage! Recipe and image from here.
24. Roasted Eggplant Baba Ganoush
The eggplant is more than just an overused emoji. Baba ganoush is similar to hummus but uses eggplants instead of chickpeas. You will be blown away by the flavor that purple vegetable brings! Recipe here.
25. Coconut Yogurt
With only two ingredients, you can have your own homemade coconut yogurt. You only need coconut milk and some probiotics. If you like your yogurt sweet, you can add maple syrup or stevia. Throw this together before your surgery so it can chill overnight. Recipe here.
Foods to Avoid After Wisdom Teeth Removal
While this list includes some amazing recipes you can enjoy post-surgery, there is a longer list of foods you should avoid. You should not eat any crunchy foods, like potato chips or nuts. These hard foods can get stuck in stitches. For this same reason, don’t choose any foods with seeds, like sesame seeds or chia seeds. Your dentist will probably have you on antibiotics and painkillers so do not drink alcohol. Of course, don’t drink anything with a straw to avoid dry socket.
As your wounds heal, you can start trying solid foods. If you find chewing hurts, discontinue solid foods and return to your soft food diets. If you rush solid foods before your mouth is ready, you can prolong the healing. If you experience any signs of infection or dry socket, call your dentist or oral surgeon immediately. If all goes well, you should be eating normally by two weeks post-op.
What foods did you eat after your wisdom teeth removal? Leave a comment below and share your experience with us!