Hi there! I hope you’re doing well. ❤ Last week, I shared how my experience with having my wisdom teeth removed went. In this post, which is the second in the series, I will be talking about what my diet was like while recovering! While my options for soft foods was highly limiting, it was worth it to not have hurting teeth and food in and around the surgery areas.
When it comes to dental surgery, allowing your gums to heal takes cautious eating and slowly introducing harder foods. There isn’t a specific diet to follow, as all mouths are different, but today I’m sharing what worked for me to eat for the first couple of weeks! It was very repetitive and limiting, as I mentioned, which is why I’m thankful the different food options had different flavors and varieties, lol.
There are definitely articles online that have suggestions for what to eat while recovering. It’s important to baby the areas while they heal! Plus, chewing still hurt me for days after my gums stopped aching because of jaw soreness. It’s a gradual process, but you’ll know simply by listening to your body when you can add more and more back in to your diet.
Thank you for checking out today’s post! I hope you can find the simple meal plan I’ve come up with below helpful. ❤
Click HERE to read about my surgery experience + my tips!
(After Oral Surgery)
Fresh fruit – Watermelon, banana, blueberries, strawberries
Yogurt – Yoplait (blended), Greek yogurt
Very soft cereal – Life Cinnamon (mashed up in milk), Cheerios (in milk)
Smoothie – Completely blended
What To Avoid: Grits and oatmeal (small pieces), pancakes and waffles (requires chewing)
Pumpkin bread (tiny bites) – Homemade or store-bought soft breads
Cheese – Sliced / cubed, eaten slowly
Canned fruit – Sliced pears and peaches
What To Avoid: Popcorn (for obvious reasons haha – don’t make the mistake I did), crackers and chips (requires chewing/has small sharp pieces), apples (requires chewing)
Chocolate milk / Regular milk
Fruit juice – fruit punch, cranberry juice, lemonade
Pizza – cut into very small pieces
Macaroni and cheese
What To Avoid: Really anything that requires chewing for at least the first week
Meatballs – Cut into small pieces
Ravioli – Bite-size pieces
There you have it! As you can see, variation is a luxury when recovering from oral surgery, lol. Once my teeth and gums could take light chewing, I added grilled cheese sandwiches and turkey sandwiches to my diet, as well as slightly crunchier snack foods. Just pay attention to how your gums are healing 🙂
There’s one more thing I’d like to add about this restricted diet: for the first week or so, my appetite was very minimal. So, while much of what I ate was similar, I didn’t eat half as much as I did before the surgery. My appetite tends to die a little when I’m not feeling well, but then I make up for it once I’m feeling better by overcompensating and eating a bit too much, haha xD
Thank you again for reading! I hope this could be helpful to you. Make sure that everything you’re eating while on this temporary diet is filling – but not too sugary!
Part three of this series will be out soon!