Can I eat cereal after wisdom teeth removal?

In this brief guide, we will answer the query, “Can I eat cereal after wisdom teeth removal?”. We will also talk about the foods to eat after wisdom teeth removal and foods to avoid after wisdom teeth removal.

Can I eat cereal after wisdom teeth removal?

No, eating cereal after wisdom teeth removal is not advised as the cereals are crunchy and chewy and can bruise or disrupt the healing process. It is recommended to avoid any foods that are hard to chew or take a longer time to chew as they can create pressure causing discomfort in the treated area.

When to eat food after wisdom teeth removal? 

It is advised to return back to the normal diet at least 7 days after the removal of the wisdom teeth. On the first day of removal of the wisdom teeth, you are only supposed to eat soft, cool, and creamy food items that would not pressure the treated area. 

Any hot foods can cause discomfort as the treated area would still be numb and the wound will still be very fresh. Foods like ice cream, yoghurt, puddings, jellies, milkshakes, fruit smoothies, and fruit juices are to be consumed to help heal faster.

After the first day, it is okay to eat slightly warm and soft foods that do not require aggressively biting into or chewing for a long time. These foods include scrambled eggs, hard-boiled eggs, vegetable soups and broths, mashed potatoes, well-cooked vegetables, instant oatmeal, cottage cheese, cooked salmon, mashed or pureed pumpkin, bananas, apple puree, and rice and curry sauce.

What are the foods to avoid after wisdom teeth removal? 

After the wisdom teeth removal procedure, certain foods should be avoided such as hard and crunchy foods such as nuts, cereals, fresh fruits, raw vegetables, potato chips, crackers, bread toasts, meat, poultry, popcorn, fried food varieties, chewing gums, and lollies and candies can help the healing process to speed up recovery.

Spicy foods should be avoided as well since they can cause pain and irritation. Chewy foods and foods containing grains and seeds should also be avoided as the grains and seeds can get lodged in the wound and cause discomfort and disrupt the healing process.

It is important to abstain from alcohol use for the first 7 days or till the wound recovers to avoid irritating the wound. The alcohol can also interact with the prescribed medication causing the disruption of the healing process.

It is vital to stay hydrated and drink a lot of water and juices, but keep in mind that the use of straw should be completely avoided as sucking from the straw can create suction in the mouth.

A dry socket can occur due to the suction which is a painful condition where the clot that protects the area of treatment gets dislodged which causes the underlying bones and nerves to be exposed to air. This causes a lot of pain and delays healing and prolongs recovery time.

What are wisdom teeth?

Wisdom teeth are the third molars that grow at the end corner of each jaw. There are typically four wisdom teeth that grow later in life. Some people can have perfectly normal wisdom but some can have the wisdom not fully grown or only part of it is exposed or developed at odd angles.

This kind of deformed or abnormal wisdom teeth is called impacted wisdom teeth which are to be removed as they can cause an array of problems. Some problems include damaging the neighboring teeth, infection, causing crowding, and also decaying as these are hard to clean as they are at awkward angles and places.

The wisdom teeth even if they are impacted wisdom teeth are not supposed to be removed until and unless they start to cause any troubles or issues.

How to take care of oral hygiene after wisdom teeth removal?

After the wisdom teeth are removed, there are certain things to keep in mind to keep oral hygiene at par. Brushing the teeth is allowed whilst avoiding the treated area. It can be tempting to pick or poke the treated area but avoid doing so since it can loosen or damage the stitches and open the wound.

Smoking cigarettes, vaping, and chewing tobacco should be completely stopped for a  minimum of 7 days or till the wound heals. Rinsing of the mouth with warm water is to be done from day four of the procedure.

Conclusion

In this brief guide, we answered the query, “Can I eat cereal after wisdom teeth removal?”. We also talked about the foods to eat after wisdom teeth removal and the foods to avoid after wisdom teeth removal.

I hope you find this blog useful. If you have any questions, please let us know.

References

https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/what-to-eat-after-wisdom-teeth-removal#TOC_TITLE_HDR_17

https://www.neoralsurgery.com/surgical-instructions/wisdom-tooth-removal/

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