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Jan 3, 2014 05:01 AM

wisdom teeth removal and food allergies

So I need to visit the dentist soon for my wisdom teeth and a cavity and I'm scared out of my wits.
I know I can only eat soft food but I'm having trouble thinking of some with a list of food allergies.

I can not have:

I'm not allergic but,eggs and avocados make me gag extrememly so I tend to avoid them as well. I never realized until now how much the list kills soft food options.

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  1. You will be surprised how quickly you recover unless you are getting all four of your wisdom teeth taken out at the same time. During recovery you could just have your favorite milkshakes and fruit and you should be fine.

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    1. re: Tripeler

      I'm getting all four at once and I can't drink milkshakes

      1. re: scaredtodeath0

        Oh, dairy, that's right. Sorry. You could have your dentist just do two at a time. Unless you are really young and the teeth aren't well developed, having all four done at once is quite a project. Of course, if the wisdom teeth are not well developed you really don't need them out, unless there is some problem I don't know about. I had my lower two removed when I was in my mid-20s, but still have my two upper ones and I will be 60 this year.

        1. re: Tripeler

          No all mine are developed and showing through the gums and pushing my teeth crooked. I can't have taken out two at a time cause my dentist lives 3 hours away back home and my college only gives you 2 absences per semester before they drop you a letter grade per absence

          1. re: scaredtodeath0

            I had all 4 out at once when I was 27ish. 2 were impacted :( The first day or so, they were sore, so I stuck to pudding, soup, yogurt, anything soft. After that, I just ate whatever I usually ate (but did avoid spicy and salty things so not to hurt the sockets). It was fine. I just chewed with my front teeth and eating took awhile, but it wasn't an issue.

            Couple suggestions: avoid straws for a few days at least- my oral surgeon told me sucking can dislodge blood clots that are supposed to form. Also, ask if your dentist has a syringe with a curved tip. It was great for squirting water at the sockets and cleaning out bits of food. Also, maybe consider an oral surgeon? I get very nervous at the dentist and my oral surgeon was able to knock me out completely. The extractions were done in the office and I needed a ride home so it's no bigger deal than a dentist. I've had teeth pulled with just Nitronox (the gas) and I'll never do that again. Not terribly painful but quite anxiety inducing for me.

            Good luck!!

    2. Here's what i suggest, as this is exactly what i did when i had mine out. Go buy a few packs of Boost or Ensure(or any meal replacement) in your favorite flavor. Drink them for the first 3-4 days, depending on healing. I did this and mine healed very quickly(2 days) and i was able to eat soft foods after that. I also kept tea bags in the wounds and changed them every 6 hrs or so. It helped with the pain and promotes healing! Good Luck and don't be scared. It not as bad as you think it will be!!!

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      1. re: retloctt

        If I remember correctly ensure and boost have dairy and gluten in them.

        1. re: scaredtodeath0

          There is NO dairy in ensure. How would they keep it unrefrigerated on the store shelves?? Read the label. It clearly says it does NOT contain dairy. If you get the "clear" one, its gluten free. Have you heard of this amazing thing called "Googling"?? You should try it :)

          1. re: retloctt

            Yes I did Google ensure and in the ingredients it says contains milk.

            1. re: retloctt

              Retloctt - not all dairy is fresh and refrigerated. MANY products that seem like they're 'dairy-free' contain milk protein in them, including Ensure. It says it has no lactose, but that's not the same thing... if you have an actual milk allergy as opposed to lactose-intolerance, you couldn't drink Ensure. People with allergies have to read the labels VERY carefully before they buy anything.

              1. re: retloctt

                I'll offer your advice right back to you. Google IS a wonderful thing (you might want to give it a try!) and Ensure DOES include milk.


                Ingredients [–
                ]Water, Sugar, Corn Maltodextrin, Milk Protein Concentrate, Soy Oil, Soy Protein Isolate, Cocoa Powder (Processed with Alkali), Pea Protein Concentrate, Canola Oil. Less than 0.5% of the Following: Corn Oil, Magnesium Phosphate, Cellulose Gel, Natural & Artificial Flavor, Potassium Chloride, Potassium Citrate, Calcium Carbonate, Calcium Phosphate, Sodium Citrate, Choline Chloride, Ascorbic Acid, Salt, Cellulose Gum, Monoglycerides, Soy Lecithin, Carrageenan, Potassium Hydroxide, Ferric Orthophosphate, dl-Alpha-Tocopheryl Acetate, Zinc Sulfate, Niacinamide, Manganese Sulfate, Calcium Pantothenate, Cupric Sulfate, Vitamin A Palmitate, Thiamine Chloride Hydrochloride, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride, Riboflavin, Folic Acid, Chromium Chloride, Biotin, Sodium Molybdate, Sodium Selenate, Potassium Iodide, Phylloquinone, Cyanocobalamin, and Vitamin D3.
                Contains milk and soy ingredients.; Contains Milk Ingredients; Contains Soy Ingredients; Gluten-Free; Halal; Kosher Dairy; Low-Residue; Not for patients with galactosemia; Suitable for Lactose Intolerance;

                1. re: retloctt

                  Also courtesy of this amazing thing called "Googling", Ensure Clear also contains whey, which is a dairy ingredient.


                  Ingredients [–
                  ]Water, Corn Syrup Solids, Sugar, Whey Protein Isolate. Less than 0.5% of the Following: Citric Acid, Natural Flavor, Phosphoric Acid, Ascorbic Acid, Acesulfame Potassium, Sucralose, FD&C Red #40, Zinc Sulfate, dl-Alpha-Tocopheryl Acetate, Ferrous Sulfate, Niacinamide, Manganese Sulfate, Calcium Pantothenate, Cupric Sulfate, FD&C Blue #1, Vitamin A Palmitate, Thiamine Chloride Hydrochloride, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride, Riboflavin, Folic Acid, Chromium Chloride, Sodium Molybdate, Biotin, Potassium Iodide, Sodium Selenate, Phylloquinone, Vitamin D3, and Cyanocobalamin.
                  Contains milk ingredients.; Contains Milk Ingredients; Gluten-Free; Kosher Dairy; Low-Residue; Not for patients with galactosemia; Suitable for Lactose Intolerance;

                  1. re: retloctt

                    Have you ever had Horizon milk? Definitely milk but also shelf stable. It depends on how it was pasteurized.

                  2. re: scaredtodeath0

                    Some varieties of Ensure have NO DAIRY. You just have to search. I was on Ensure for weight gain for years, and am also lactose intolerant.

                    1. re: nothingswrong

                      All of the Ensure products currently listed on their website contain milk products.

                      1. re: Chris VR

                        Well, that's interesting. Maybe they stopped making the lactose-free ones. Or maybe I was having ones with whey protein, which didn't bother me.

                        I remember some of the varieties did not have actual milk listed as an ingredient, but had milk "traces." For someone who is lactose intolerant, they weren't an issue, but with a true milk allergy (or for a vegan), it would be a problem.

                2. Welcome to CH!

                  Shakes made with soy, almond or coconut milk
                  Fruit and veggie smoothies
                  Frozen fruit Popsicles
                  GF oatmeal
                  Tomato soup
                  There are tons of GF/dairy free canned soups

                  I made a smoothie this am with frozen kale, ginger, peaches, cherries, blueberries and 1/4 cup of ground flax. Very smooth and delicious. Just remember NO straws!

                  1. i make a roasted cauliflower soup that should work.

                    1 large onion
                    1 bulb fennel
                    6-8 cloves garlic
                    1 head cauliflower
                    olive oil
                    salt and pepper
                    1 teaspoon ground fennel seed
                    2 bay leaves
                    pinch crushed red pepper
                    1/2 teaspoon ground fennel (optional)
                    1 quart chicken or vegetable stock

                    peel, trim and chop vegetables. toss with olive oil, salt and pepper. roast in 450-degree oven for 30 minutes. transfer to large sauce pan. add stock crushed red pepper, ground fennel and bay leaves. simmer for 30 minutes. remove bay leaves before pureeing.

                    if you want to include greens -- kale, spinach or escarole -- bring the pureed soup back to the boil, then add them. turn off heat, cover until greens are wilted.

                    1. Have you thought of asking your dentist. He kind of is in the field.

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                      1. re: beevod

                        good answer
                        i am a dentist, and the best advice i ever heard was, "take whatever you are planning to eat anyways and put it in a blender"
                        so if you wanted to eat a hamburger and fries, blend it