Wisdom teeth removal is nearly a rite of passage, and that means there are plenty of traditions to go with it. The (pretty new) requisite Chipmunk Cheek Selfie posted on Facebook is a must, if you’re a teen or college student you get a free pass to skip school, and then of course there are the soft, gooey and often icy cold treats. Forget the diet—if there was ever a time to indulge in all your ice cream, frozen yogurt and Jell-O laden fantasies, it’s after getting your wisdom teeth removed and your oral surgeon is fully supportive.
Of course, subsisting on a diet of pure frozen sugar isn’t a wise move, but a milkshake or two can drastically help with the discomfort following the surgery. As a side dish to your doctor recommended OTC painkiller, a few foods top oral surgeons’ charts as complementary to oral surgery. Make sure to get your grocery shopping done the day before your appointment so you can head straight home—and directly to the fridge—for some serious comfort foods.
For the Health Nut
Smoothies can be as healthy (or unhealthy) as you like. If you want to stick with your good eating habits, whipping up a green smoothie with broccoli, zucchinis and Granny Smith apples is a great option. You can also work with a bag of frozen mixed berries, a scoop of whey powder for your protein fix and a dash of coconut milk for thickener. Put your mixer or blender to good use, and get your spoon out. Avoid straws until approved by your oral surgeon as they can lead to complications in the first few days after surgery.
Homemade applesauce (or your favorite brand) is a staple wisdom tooth treat for a reason. It’s sweet, it’s healthy and you can choose exactly the temperature you prefer. Pair it with chocolate avocado mousse or your preferred mousse, Jell-O or pudding, and you’ve got the makings for sheer decadence.
Greek yogurt with honey (especially raw, local honey) is the perfect blend of delicious while staying healthy. However, if you’re more savory or salty-minded, you can always opt for creamy mashed potatoes with a non-chunky gravy. Roasted carrot soup hits the spot for some dental patients, while cheesy grits is a southern comfort that others crave. Go with a creamy polenta or the classic cream of wheat for a feel-good choice that’s both filling and kind to your mouth.
Hummus, baba ghanoush and cottage cheese are also big winners. Soft scrambled eggs hit the spot for some, while the classic ice cream from your beloved creamery is the go-to choice for others, and with good reason. Trust your mouth—and your gut—when making post-oral surgery selections for faster healing and minimal discomfort.