I got my wisdom teeth removed a couple of weeks ago and boy was it painful. But the worst thing, after the pain, was I was always hungry! So today I’m going to share my favourite vegan wisdom teeth removal foods.
I had my oral surgery at 9 am and for the first 24 hours my jaw was bleeding. This basically meant I had to bite onto the gauze pads until the bleeding stopped. With this gauze and blood in my mouth, I couldn’t eat anything anyways. On top of that I was given freezing which didn’t go away until 9pm the day of the surgery. Since I could’t feel my face, it gave me a hard time even drinking water.
There were some criteria given to me by my oral surgeon saying I could’t eat spicy food, hard/crunchy food and no straws allowed. Basically I couldn’t eat any food that you have to chew. The surgeon also suggested I drink soda and eat Jell-O the first day. I mean I love pop and if a doctor recommends it how can I say no. I was about to drink it the first day when I was starving, but last minute asked Gursheel to grab me some orange juice instead. Slightly healthier, haha. Anyways, after that I asked on Instagram what people ate following their wisdom teeth removal and did some research of my own.
A lot of you messaged me recommendations and the most popular was ice cream and dal (lentil soup) and I agree completely! However, I did some research online as well and I thought I should probably eat foods that will help me heal faster and are anti-inflammatory. This is important since it’s hard to brush your teeth the first few days and you don’t want to get an infection. The surgeon also prescribes you antibiotics, so make sure to finish your prescription as well. But foods that are anti-inflammatory can significantly increase your healing time including blueberries, ginger, turmeric and leafy greens.
Another recommendation was to add yogurt or some type of fermented food. Since you are taking antibiotics for over a week, the good bacteria in your gut are also getting wiped out. So, to make sure you are still replenishing these good gut bacteria, yogurt is a good option. I ate yogurt the first few days and considered grabbing some probiotics as well, but since I was taking the antibiotics, I thought this would have been counter-productive.
Okay so now on the list of my favourite vegan wisdom teeth removal foods in order of when you may actually be able to eat:
Day 1 is the hardest, and most likely even drinking liquid will be hard but juices and smoothies are going to be your best friend so try to add blueberries and spinach into your smoothies if possible! Also I ate ice cream 12 hours after the surgery and it provided tremendous relief!
- Smoothies – check this link for my favourite smoothie ever!
- Turmeric ginger tea
- Ice cream – store bought, or try this recipe by minimalist baker!
Day 2 and onwards:
Day 2 and 3 the swelling will start going down and you may be able to open your mouth a bit more so foods with a bit more texture are feasible. So, along with the foods from day 1, you will be able to eat the following as well:
- Mashed Potatoes
- Tomato Soup
Day 4 and 5 and onwards get significantly easier so you can start eating bread by dipping it into hot soup. But make sure to continue eating ice cream. I probably ate it 2 times a day, if not more. And it seriously did help me heal faster.
Who would have thought ice cream being something your doctor recommended? Haha!
Have any of you had your wisdom teeth removed? What was it like? What vegan wisdom teeth removal foods would you recommend?