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Getting Wisdom Teeth Out.....What to eat?

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Hi all...wondering if I can get some suggestions on what I'll be able to eat once I have my wisdom teeth out this week. I know it'll be 'soft' foods, but I need some creative inspiration. Much thanks.

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  1. There have been many threads on these with great suggestions, over the past couple of years at least. You might try searching first (just try "teeth" for starters)

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    1. re: Karl S.

      When my lower wisdom teeth were extracted, it was rough because they were deeply impacted. For several days, I lived on yogurt and mashed potatoes.

      I haven't touched yogurt since!

    2. WOW! I just clicked on General to post the exact same question! I'm getting mine out on Friday and so far I just see breakfast foods gallore (yogurt, cottage cheese, oatmeal) and desert items such as shakes. But I would love to get some ideas of some salty-spicy foods too.

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      1. re: Olga

        You really don't want to put salty/spicy food into those fresh wounds.

        1. re: Greg Spence

          And you don't want to be sucking anything through a straw, especially milkshakes. It will cause dry socket which is horribly painful.

      2. If you do this, you'll be able to eat almost anything you want in a day or two: ICE! ICE! ICE! I can't overemphasize how important it is to keep ice packs on your jaw for as long as you possibly can. That means at least the first ten hours after surgery.

        Doing that will dramatically keep the swelling down and you won't look like a chipmunk for the next week or ten days.

        When I had mine out, the only thing I can remember was eating hearts of palm, the small bits of which were exceedingly difficult to extract from the holes in my lower jaw. Everything else was fine.

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          JK Grence (the Cosmic Jester)

          Smoothies and shakes sound good, but DO NOT use a straw. There's a chance that you'll pull one of the clots out and create a dry socket- you really really don't want one of those.

          1. I ate couscous with stewed vegetables after I had mine removed.