soft food post wisdom teeth
- chardgirl Feb 3, 2005 10:20 AM
I thought for a while about which board to post this to, I'll repost if the chowhound heads disagree...
I got my wisdom teeth out yesterday and they want me to eat "soft, nutritious, high carbohydrate' food today. Smoothies are an obvious, any other ideas?
I don't know if this was a smart thing to do, but when I had all four wisdom teeth out I made myself mushroom risotto and ate that for days (with Hagen Daas chocolate milkshakes of course). It was soft but flavorful.
i love the previous poster's risotto idea. unfortunately when i got mine out i was 16 and not such a cook so i just had some sherbet in between pain killer doses. now, i would make mashed potatoes, chocolate pudding (ok, not so nutritious but the one from epicurious.com is super), rice pudding, polenta, savory cheese/bread puddings, creamed corn, gratineed potatoes...last time i lost weight, this time i wouldn't have!!
Mashed potatoes, applesauce, and chocolate pudding (or any flavor pudding, for that matter) were the first things that came to mind. Anything that *doesn't* leave residual food that could cause dry socket, like chicken noodle soup. Maybe mashed bananas?
Whatever you do, do NOT suck the smoothie through a straw. It can prevent the blood clot from staying where it's supposed to and healing the extraction. I know this ALL too well from experiencing a mild form of dry socket. You wouldn't wish that on your worst enemy. Well, most people wouldn't, I guess. :-)
And nothing overly hot for the first few days, as that over-stimulates blood flow, not allowing the clot to "take".
Oh yes - and most important - get good drugs from your doctor. :-) Good luck!
Thanks for the ideas, especially chocolate pudding! I had a banana shake yesterday. No straws: the doctor was clear on that. I'm having tepid red tea with milk right now, I had savory oatmeal with nettle puree this morning (european jook?) and I plan to suggest to the better half to get busy with the risotto making upon returning home. Yum!
Off to my very rare day of netflix and naps.
When I had my wisdom teeth out I ate pudding, mashed potatoes, pasta, etc. I was craving textures and found that fish was a good thing to eat after a few days. My first real meal was scallops and they tasted so good! I also found salmon easy to eat. Scrambled eggs were a good one too.
It was a total Chinese Super Mom thing to do, but when I got my wisdom teeth out my mom made me eat nothing but porridge for days: seafood porridge, pork and egg porridge, veggie porridge, plain porridge, mung bean porridge...nothing but carbs and protein for days.
I could go on, but I'd risk sounding like Bubba from Forrest Gump. It was great because I A) personally love porridge, and B) didn't need to chew anything. I just trudged around the house with a big mug of porridge and sipped on it while I watched TV.
Something similar would be a chicken/rice soup, or any soup that's been pureed (butternut squash soup, tomato, etc).
When I had mine out I did most of what everyone posted (when not in a Percocet haze), and when I got sick of all of it I made my grandmother's chopped liver recipe for the first time. Yum!
I had mine out a week ago. I came to Chowhound a few days ago for ideas and got a ton. I'm sure you will too. There's the standard mashed potatoes, yogurt, soup, ice cream. But other people also suggested hummus, polenta, cottage cheese, which I thought were great ideas. My favorite has become instant mashed potatoes with scrambled eggs on top, with a couple of slices of American cheese melted over the whole thing. I do the instant mashed in a sauce pan which takes like two seconds. I scramble the eggs the microwave, break them up, and dump them on top of the potatoes. Then I take two slices of American cheese, place them on top, turn the burner back on, place a cover on the pan, and let the cheese melt for a minute or two. So good! Warm squishy comfort food which is what you need right now!
I just had three wisdom teeth pulled yesterday... Because this board was so helpful preparing me on what to eat, I have decided to write what I ate:
-2 puddings (Chocolate and swirl)
-Mashed up banana
-Naan (absorbed with water)
-A wedge of brie cheese
-Boston Market mashed potatoes
-Boston Market mac and cheese
-Boston Market stuffing (not very appetizing)
-A little cheesecake
-Corn puffs (substituting my craving for popcorn!)
-bready part of dinner roll
Got the other 2 out today, and with the wisdom ( ;) ) of having had the 2 out in July, here's the plan:
- Mashed potatoes (starting day 2 or 3 for me). Last time I made a mushroom sauce which I then pureed and swirled w/ the potatoes (also tried polenta but potatoes worked a lot better--no little grains). It was a lot of work to make brown and white mush but a well-needed "real" meal.
- Tofu, lightly sauteed with curry powder over mushy noodles with soy sauce. My other "real" meal, simple but tasted so good and provides protein.
- Hot soups (eaten warm). A bit out of season for August, but my lifesaver with the first 2 was Marcella Hazan's potato and split pea soup. There's no meat to get stuck in the mouth, but it's flavorful with browned onions added at the end (I pureed them in) and so nourishing--more proteins plus carbs.
- Cold soups. I think a really good cold avocado soup would be great as they are nutritious and filling, but I haven't found one I really like. This time, I'm also trying a cold carrot with spicy curry soup, and a vichyssoise. I just puree in any garnish like the chives and strain if needed.
My surgeon did encourage me to get on solid food as soon as I felt able to to keep myself well nourished--even right away after the surgery. With my first two I was like pikawicca, though--there's no way I could have managed it until a week went by. I found it almost a fun challenge in a way, though it got really boring after a while, to figure out how to have a well-balanced, restorative and nourishing soft diet.
Thanks! The one I made today is growing on me too: Guatemalan Avocado Soup from Soup of the Day by Lydie Marshall (a book that I value more and more all the time--as a soup specialist I *highly* recommend it). It's got a ton of avocados, chick broth, lime juice, bit of cream, s & p. Very simple. I find others sort of cloyingly unctuous, good for a spoonful or two but monotonous to eat a lot of. Love to try another one.
It also reminded me of another soup that would appeal (and provide carbs + protein)--a smooth potato soup made with Muenster and garnished with avocado. I had it in Ecuador years ago and haven't found the right recipe for it yet either. Maybe time to revisit the search.
The abovementioned soup is called locro, found all around the Andes but especially Ecuador. It's just right for the second phase of recovery, for me, 4-6 days, when you can manage soft lumpiness. And it's a welcome relief from the bland-ish, refined cold strained soups I've been downing--rustic, spicy, and hearty.
I started from this recipe: http://laylita.com/recipes/2008/01/08..., topping it with soft diced avocado, a wonderful Egyptian buffalo-milk feta that I got at a local store which is soft like chevre, and two squirts of Sriracha. In the soup itself I put the end of a fresh mozzarella ball and a bit of cheddar. You can put queso fresco or Muenster like she suggests, but try anything you have around! You don't want to do too much shopping when you're recuperating.
I find it a perfect meal with soft scrambled eggs on the side, or you could put the poached egg in the soup.
Just in case anyone is reading this thread, I wanted to note a trick about taking probiotics with antibiotics is to stagger it a few hours from each other. For example, if you take antibiotics in the morning and evening, take the probiotics in the afternoon. Like mnmzie said, it helps replenish the good bacteria which we naturally need in our body.
My daughter got all 4 of them out and can't keep ANYTHING down!! When I had mine out, I didn't take Tylenol and was playing tennis in half an hour! No pain at ALL!!! Guess I was lucky...
I lived on Slurpies from the 7-11 (you can't use the straw though, or you can get dry-socket, so you have to kind of spoon them into your mouth). and Vicodin.
I got all four of mine out today. I bookmarked this post a long time ago and decided to tell ya'll what I actually ate!
I've mainly subsisted on cherry Jell-o, milk and yogurt (don't consume dairy if you can't deal with it when taking heavy meds), a lot of water, painkillers, creamy chicken Campbell's Soup-at-Hand....
For dinner we went to my friend's house and she lovingly mashed a banana for me and warmed it in the microwave then topped with organic chocolate chips. It's deeelish! After that I had a small slice of pineapple pizza and another slice of pepperoni from Pizza Hut...cut it into REALLY small pieces and chew with your front teeth! After that I had Indian fruit salad which is basically fruit bits in a sweetened condensed milk mixture. Yum, yum.
I've been craving chocolate souffle!
Tomorrow is Thanksgiving. Seems like it will be mashed potatoes and sweet potato pie for me. Hopefully I can chew on some turkey, too! I've wanted to try the Barefoot Contessa's turkey roulade. Seems more tender. Anyways, happy Turkey Day ya'll!
Tomorrow morning it's definitely oatmeal with a spoonful of peanut butter and some sliced bananas for me :)
I love that you bookmarked this ancient thread and are reporting back, for the benefit of the next poor soul who has her wisdom teeth pulled and is seeking a little chow wisdom.
Don't forget gravy! You can have gravy with your mashed potatoes, I bet! And maybe cranberry sauce, if it's the kind that comes from the can. Good luck, Indian Goddess.
In the meantime, if you're still looking for soft foods on Friday (and for posterity, of course) I am going to suggest this steamed eggs recipe from Dunlop's "Revolutionary Chinese": http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/4946...
And the Tofu with Lemon, Soy, White Wine, and Butter Sauce recipe from Berley's "Flexitarian Table" http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/4341...
Happy healing and Happy Thanksgiving.
Just had mine out yesterday and could REALLY use some suggestions. I don't want to eat non-nourishing things all week (doc told me to eat soft foods only for a whole week) and so far the only thing I've been able to eat is jello. I made broth two nights ago to keep for making blended soups but that'll only last me a few days. My big problem is that I can't eat eggs or do dairy in significant quantities so I really don't know what I can make that'll provide me some sustenance but won't upset my stomach OR contain little pieces of food that could potentially get lodged into the places where the teeth used to be.
Ideas would be wonderful!
Oh, I'm hoping you'll feel better very very soon. There are good suggestions above, so I'll just throw in these few:
Potatoes mashed or pureed with chicken broth and whatever butter substitute you use
Farina, oatmeal - any hot cereal, with mashed banana and honey
Refried beans and soft-cooked rice
Mashed or refried beans and guacamole (watch the lime and salt factor) on a soft flour tortilla
Any soup; pureed to remove chunks that need chewing or might lodge; bean soups especially. Spinach soup is iron-rich and can help expedite your healing process.
If you eat them, med.-rare sauteed chicken livers are easy to chew and are a good digestible source of iron and protein.
Finely-minced tuna or chicken salad, finely minced veg. added; eggless mayo.
Root vegetables, roasted until soft; pureed if necessary; steamed veg. also.
Pasta with soft vegetables and herbs
Best of luck to you, isadorasmama.
Though I'm sure your intentions were good, farina or oatmeal are probably not ideal. Those little grainy things can cause havoc if they get lodged into a socket.
I had mine out a few years ago, and when I wanted substance right away, I went with mashed potatoes mixed with tiny bits of chicken. Grab a forkfull of the mixture - making sure to only get the tips of the fork's tines covered with the mixture dollop, put the fork in your mouth on the back of your toungue, and then just swallow. Though yiou don't get to chew or taste much - you can actually fill up on this, and then take a few more "happy pills" and not be hungry at all while you enjoy the painkillers
Yogurt is always suggested in these threads as well. Yogurt is used to tenderize meats. My guess would be that it is pretty painful if you were to get yogurt on those wounds. I wouldn't test it out myself.
Mmmm. I hear you, but considering you're supposed to start rinsing gently not long after the procedure, I don't think a well-cooked hot cereal would be much of a problem; at least it wasn't for me or any of my kids. It sounds to me like your secret to success was the method you used to eat your food, rather than the food itself - chicken can lodge just as easily as anything else if not eaten correctly, and cause just as many problems. I'm not rejecting your idea about mashed w/ chicken at all; it's just that you really have to apply the same reasoning.
The reasoning can't be applied, especially to farina. It's the little grains that can be worrisome. Farina isn't really mush, it's tiny little grains stuck together. Those grains can be separated quite easily. It's possible for a tiny little grain of farina to get "stuck" un-noticed. If this were to happen, and the wounds healed over it, there could be hell to pay in the future. It could happen with any food, sure, but eating a bowl full of tiny little grains would raise the chances of that happening. If you were to ask a dental pro what they would choose after getting wisdom teeth out, and gave them a choice between farina / oatmeal, and mashed taters, I'm pretty confident the choice would be for the taters 100% of the time. RInsing well would hopefully take care of any scares of this being an issue, but the result of it being an issue is nowhere even remotely worth the chance of just not eating tiny grain foods for a few days after the procedure.
I just had my wisdom teeth out in Feb. (All 4 were impacted and the incisions were stitched shut.) After the first 3 days when I just wanted cold shakes, I really relied on mashed potatoes. Garlic mashed potatoes especially. Then I had tuna sandwiches on soft bread. Pasta with marinara. Pureed soups: butternut squash (no cream), carrot and lentil would be good non-dairy options. Maybe hot & sour soup would be good for you? The first week was really the worst, but after that I was able to eat more protein and cooked vegetables with small bites. Good luck!
So here's the thing(s): Mine weren't impacted (just decayed from not being able to reach them when brushing, so I had to pick between fillings and pulling. I chose the latter) and I didn't have much post-surgery pain at all. Mild discomfort that was taken away with Ibuprofen. I had no appetite the first two days but it's been hard since then. I'm dental phobic and just the thought of a dry socket made me not want to eat, despite the hunger.
I have dietary restrictions so that made this soft foods diet tough -- can't eat eggs (unless in baked goods), am gluten free and can't do large amounts of dairy. So I've been mainly living off of applesauce, blended soups, and, well...that's about it. I just made some sweet potatoes (boiled with sliced ginger) with sesame oil, butter, a touch of coriander, and some maple syrup. They're REALLY good. I talked to the dental office today to reschedule my follow up for two days from now (cannot wait -- hopefully I can be given the go ahead to eat normally after that) and the nurse/receptionist said I can try some ground meat, so we're doing sliders tonight.
If I don't see split pea or potato leek soup for a while, that would make me happy. Overdid it.
I am having all four wisdom teeth (impacted) removed tomorrow morning. My nutritionist knows getting in nutrients will be difficult for me and has made a few suggestions. I scrolled through this thread today and now my grocery list has grown some, thankfully.
Tonight I plan on buying:
- Mashed potatoes
- cheese (mmmm brie)
- mashed banana
- ice cream
I will try to post an update Friday evening or Saturday with how things go.
You can forget about the mashed potatoes, cheese and banana the first few days. Anything that requires the tiniest bit of jaw movement will be incredibly difficult, and honestly you probably shouldn't use force to even gum food at that time. And this is coming from someone who recently lived through it and who's teeth weren't impacted and there was zero swelling after the surgery. Think blended soups and liquids. Pudding made me want to puke after the second or so day of eating it for breakfast, lunch and dinner.
Thank you to everyone who posted suggestions here! I'm getting mine all out tomorrow first thing in the morning. Although I haven't tried them yet obviously, I also would suggest Jell-o, even though its not very healthy, cottage cheese, cream of wheat, yogurt, and couscous.
Steam just about any veg until tender and puree in food processor. Season with any spices/herbs you like, add a bit of butter or good olive oil. Force through a sieve to remove any small lumps. Really, broccoli, cauliflower, carrots, peas, etc. can yield a wonderful variety of smooth foods that you won't get tired of.
As a head and neck cancer survivor, soft and easy to swallow cooking is how I live day to day. I have had to change my whole way of food prep, cooking, and eating. Also in preparation for radiation, I had 7 teeth pulled at once, and there was nothing wrong with them. :( I was told to stick to liquids like smoothies, and yogurt first day or two.
I also posted some links to some recipes. If anyone ever needs any help with cooking for a cancer survivor, or someone with dysphasia that needs easy to swallow, soft foods, I will gladly help.
Egg drop soup, baked custard / flan, oatmeal cooked well(made sweet or savory with the Magic Mineral Broth), Magic Mineral Broth with pastina, creamed chopped spinach, ravioli nude, crustless quiche, miso soup, cheese blintzes, and apple sauce.
Vegan chocolate pudding:
Magic Mineral Broth:
This site has a plethora of easy to swallow and chew recipes. I linked to the soups, because that is easier for someone that just had teeth pulled, but I would take a look through the mains and the other sections (links on left of that site):
re: The Dairy Queen
TDQ, I've actually been out of treatment for two years. I had radiation, but not chemo. I will definitely check out the link, because I am often helping those undergoing treatment now, that need help managing side effects, and are struggling. Thank you so much for the link.
After 6 dental surgeries in 3 years when I was a kid, my folks got this down pat. My mom used to buy jarred baby food: add some salt to it. Another obvious one is the baby food desserts. They are surprisingly good!
Mashed or baked potatoes of course - and you could use sweet potatoes too. Another one was very soft boiled pasta or scrambled eggs. Congee is another good idea. If you have a rice cooker, this is an easy option and you can eat it for days. I like to add ginger and green onions to mine.
Don't worry, you won't have to eat soft foods for much longer.
Careful not to get anything stuck in your tooth holes!! Good luck.
These threads seem to be continuously ongoing, and were helpful to me so I'll add a few things too. I had all 4 wisdom teeth out 5 days ago, and it seems to have gone pretty smoothly. I had the gas first, then an IV and was completely out. My wife was in the room while I went under and apparently found me hilarious. The doc seems to have done a good job, and even though the bottom two hadn't come in (maybe just erupted and stayed there?) I didn't have a lot of pain or swelling afterwards. After the first day I would cut a Tylenol 3 in half and had a piece a few times a day, but now I'm down to just 1/2 in the morning to get me through breakfast and my commute to work.
Food has been the worst part I think, because I got sick of soup, applesauce, pudding, and other mush after the first 3 days. I was trying to be extra easy on my gums and not push my luck, so the first "solid" chewing I did was day 4 after the procedure with some Kraft Dinner and it was delicious. Pancakes this morning (with lots of syrup) were no problem, and I brought them for lunch too. I keep rinsing after everything I eat (usually with salt water), and I have been gently brushing my teeth since they told me after the 2nd day. I still haven't gotten sick of instant breakfast shakes, at least not the chocolate kind, so they've been great for me.
Just be smart about it, do everything your doc tells you, and ease yourself back in to real food. My gums don't hurt so much anymore, but my jaw gets very sore if I open it very wide, so I'm waiting for that to go back to normal too. Still lots of pudding and jell-o, even if I can't face soup for a day or two.
I got all 4 out about a month ago and figured I may as well contribute my experiences here.
Night before surgery, I made a pureed sweet pea soup that I love that I knew would hold me over on the first day.
When I got home post-surgery, I had gauze in my mouth for most of the day, so eating wasn't really a[n exciting] option. When I got hungry enough to risk it, I took the gauze out long enough to inhale a small bowl of the soup. Ended up with about 3 such "meals" - while I was really hungry, I just didn't think it was good to put much if anything in my mouth while my sockets were still bleeding. I also made a second soup (for variety for the next day) where I pureed a bunch of veggies and added that puree to a broth with cooked potatoes. As a result, the potatoes were not pureed but still easily fell apart in your mouth, and the veggie puree added some extra flavor.
In the evening, once the gauze was no longer needed, I tried a few "soft" foods that had varying degrees of working out - cashew butter and honey were both too sticky; tiny bite of crabcake was fine (swallowed), and I nibbled a small hard cookie by essentially grating it with my front teeth into a fine powder in my mouth (think squirrel). hummus was fine, but I had nothing to put it on, since the bread I had was too dense to chew (and hummus on its own has limited potential)
Day 2: frozen yogurt for breakfast from pinkberry (no toppings). I finished the pea soup for lunch. tall iced latte (no straw). Had some of the veggie/potato soup as an afternoon snack, and really appreciated the un-pureed potatoes. I made "gazpacho" for dinner (pureed with avocado) for further variety. A few more cookies eaten same way as before. Scooped out the inside of some soft bread which still had to be chewed (which was not all that comfortable with front teeth).
Day 3: nibbled my way through a pretty soft healthy snack brownie. Ran a 5K (did not run very hard, since Dr told me not to do anything too vigorous). Had 2 bananas post-race. DH got Indian takeout, so I thought Naan would be easiest to eat, but I was wrong - it was actually quite dense. I ended up breaking it into pieces and drowning it in leftover soup so it got mushy. Then I headed back to pinkberry for more froyo. I then went out to a very nice restaurant for dinner. DH and I shared a meatball app (which fell apart easy enough in my mouth) and an eggplant/ricotta app which was conveniently bite-sized and required no real chewing. I got risotto as my entree and found the individual grains of rice very difficult to get through. I also had a side of soft polenta which was fine. Dessert was kind of moussey, so that was easy.
Day 4: went for a run and attempted oatmeal in the AM (we make steel cut oats at home, so it's not as mushy as instant or regular). Nibbled more bread with more soup for lunch...
I will say that I didn't start chewing food on the sides of my mouth until about a week after my surgery, and even then, I kept it to a minimum. Even now, almost a month later, I'm very careful about what I eat - I still try not to eat small grains (eg. quinoa) for fear of getting tiny bits stuck in the still-unfilled sockets, and I swish my mouth with liquid just about every time I take a sip of anything. I've learned that big food is actually better than little food wrt to not getting stuff stuck in the sockets...
Just found this old post, and it is a life-saver. I am,tonight, post-op sinus surgery, and whatever tube was shoved down my throat made it nearly impossible to swallow. Chowhounds to the rescue, as usual! I really appreciate the great ideas. All I could think of was ice cream and pudding.
I just stumbled on this thread so I thought I'd add my $.02, having had all four wisdom teeth out last year. After stocking up on soups, takeout mac & cheese, etc., I was surprised the day of my surgery when they told me not to eat anything hot for at least 24 hours. I did have some lukewarm tomato basil soup at one point, but I pretty much stuck to apple sauce, yogurt and ice cream (poor me!) for the first day or so.
Wishing you a speedy recovery, hungryinmanhattan!
My wonderful husband got Ensure in ready to drink bottles and put them in the fridge. They were chilled and ready for me today. I had all 4 teeth pulled this morning. The Ensure has been great for. Cool, very smooth easy to sip and swallow. And is nutritious. Vanilla is way better than chocolate in my opinion. I will start in soft ideas I have seen here tomorrow. Thanks All!
Personally I dislike eating oatmeal. However, I have found soggy cereal to be a delicious alternative. Essentially the same flavor as oatmeal, but less lumpy and chilled.
I basically stole every idea from this thread plus a few from other websites for my friend that has to have all of her teeth removed soon. She cannot eat anything so I put together this list to see if I could help her out. Thanks!
Cream of Wheat
sliced tomatoes/fried green tomatoes
juice e.g. apple, cranberry, white grape
chicken or tuna salad
canned chicken or tuna
fruit: bananas, strawberries, peaches, pears, cantaloupe, honeydew, watermelon, tropical fruit cocktail
Vegetable juices e.g. tomato juice or carrot juice
soup e.g. split pea or cream of anything
avocado e.g. guacamole
Ensure or Boost protein drinks
soft-cooked fish e.g. Tilapia, flounder, Swai
mashed potatoes & gravy
mashed sweet potatoes
macaroni and cheese
steamed veggies e.g. broccoli, squash, carrots, spinach, asparagus
pies: sweet potato, pumpkin, Key Lime pie, cream pies