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What to Eat after Wisdom Tooth Removal

What to Eat after Wisdom Tooth Removal


Anyone who has had his or her wisdom teeth removed knows that it isn't the most pleasant experience. For most people, swollen cheeks, pain, and hunger are what they remember most about recovering from wisdom tooth extraction surgery.

Fortunately, the swelling and pain are easy enough to control with prescription medication. But what about the hunger? Is there a solution for those who actually want to eat after wisdom teeth removal surgery?

Here are some of our recipes that can help keep children, teens, and adults nourished after having their wisdom teeth removed.

Recipe #1: Breakfast Smoothie


  • 1 banana
  • I C. plain or vanilla yogurt
  • 1/2 C. fresh/frozen strawberries
  • 1 C. orange juice
  • 1/4 C. soy protein powder


Add all ingredients to blender and mix.

Recipe #2: Chicken and Rice Soup


  • 4 C. water
  • 2 C. shredded cooked chicken/turkey
  • 2 C. chicken stock
  • 2 C. cooked rice
  • 1 C. diced celery
  • 1 C. diced carrots
  • Salt and pepper to taste


Add all ingredients to pot and cook on low heat for three to eight hours.

Recipe #3: Cheesy Mashed Potatoes


  • 2 Russet potatoes
  • 1/4 t. garlic powder or 2 cloves fresh minced garlic
  • 1/4 C. cheddar cheese
  • 1/8 C. sour cream
  • 1/8 C. protein powder
  • 1/4 C. milk
  • 1/8 C. chives or green onions
  • Salt and pepper to taste


Boil and mash potatoes. Add remaining ingredients and mix until creamy.

Additional Snack Ideas:   

There is no doubt that those who undergo wisdom tooth removal surgery are hungry for some good meal and snack ideas. So here are a few more!

  • Apple sauce
  • Juice
  • Pudding
  • JELL-O®
  • Canned fruit
  • Ice cream
  • Yogurt
  • Cottage cheese
  • Beans

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