On Thursday I had to have a cracked, back tooth extracted. #18 to be precise. I knew it was going to be difficult to eat for a few days because of the swelling and soreness from having someone in there with dental pliers yanking a piece of me out and leaving a gaping hole.
So I went to my friends on Facebook and asked for some ideas for soft foods I could enjoy with a sore mouth. There were the usual responses you would expect like jello and tapioca pudding but there were also a lot more fantastic culinary delights I wanted to share.
I was also very surprised but the number of people who responded who have recently experienced a pulled tooth. Some were like mine for a broken tooth, others had wisdom teeth removed but it proved to me again, we are not in this alone. Hopefully, when some other tooth missing person with a swollen jaw is search for food ideas, this post will give them some suggestions to try.
Disclamer: I am not a doctor, dentist or nutritional expert and I’m guessing neither are many of my Facebook friends who offered up these suggestions so I advise you to speak with your dentist or oral surgeon for a list of what you can and cannot eat after a tooth extraction.
#1. Suggestion – Don’t suck through a straw! Besides everyone who mentioned this on Facebook, my doctor’s post surgery pamphlet mentioned this too. Turns out the suction will disrupt the clotting going on in the socket left by the missing tooth and won’t heal properly.
#2. My Favorite Personal Suggestion – “Mashed potatoes with lots of butter because I deserve it.” Couldn’t say it better.
Here some of the suggestions in alphabetical order. Many of them like yogurt and mashed potatoes were mentioned more frequently than others but I thought it would be easier just alphabetize them.
I’m sure there are lots more foods you can eat after you’ve had a tooth pulled but this is a good list to start with but be sure to check with your doctor first.
And thanks Facebook Friends for all the great suggestions.
|anything blend-able||eggs poached||potato soup|
|apple sauce||eggs scrambled||protein shakes|
|aspic||eggs sunny side up||pureed anything|
|baked beans||garlicky potato soup||pureed beans & rice|
|blended spaghetti and meatballs||guacamole||pureed lentils|
|butternut squash casserole||ice cream||pureed vegetables|
|canned noodle soups||jello||pureed vegetable soups|
|carnation breakfast drinks||macaroni and cheese||risotto|
|cheesy polenta||mashed potatoes||shakes|
|chocolate pudding||mashed squash||smoothies|
|cream of broccoli soup||mashed taters||soft toast|
|creamed spinach||NO sesame seeds||soup|
|custard||nothing with lumps||tapioca pudding|
|Dal khicdi (Indian food)||oatmeal||top ramen|
|eggs omelets||pastina with butter, s&p||vegetable soup|
|eggs over easy||chicken broth w/ vegetables||yogurt|