Can you eat ice cream after wisdom teeth removal?

In this article, we will address the query “Can you eat ice cream after wisdom teeth removal?” Additionally, we will briefly present the role of cold food in inflammation alleviation, and what other alternatives you have if you present cold sensitivity.

Can you eat ice cream after wisdom teeth removal?

Yes, you can eat ice cream after wisdom teeth removal. The diet suggested after a wisdom teeth removal is having liquid and cold foods within the first 24 h (1).

Why is ice cream often recommended as a post-wisdom teeth removal food?

Ice cream is typically recommended post wisdom teeth removal because it is easy to swallow, and it does not leave any residues that may cause infections. Plus, the cold temperature of ice cream could alleviate the pain due to the removal of teeth (1,2).

Ice creams are normally produced with milk, which is a good source of high-quality proteins, calcium and vitamin D. Calcium and vitamin D are required to create new bone tissue in your body, moreover, vitamin D can strengthen your immune system and it has anti-inflammatory activity (3). 

High quality proteins are required to create new tissues, so it is good for cicatrization and repairing the damages of wisdom teeth removal (4). If you want to know more about milk proteins click here to read our article.

Therefore, vitamin D will help you to prevent infections and also to reduce the inflammation in the wound, alleviating pain and discomfort (3).

Does eating ice cream help with pain and swelling after wisdom teeth removal?

Eating ice cream could help reduce inflammation of damaged muscles, which could include your mouth gums. Cold has an analgesic effect, in other words, it could reduce your pain sensation. Cold also reduces the diffusion of fluids which can decrease the inflammation (2).

Moreover, ice cream does not need chewing, so it is a very easy to swallow food; this is important because you should not move your mouth muscles too much, remember that all your mouth muscles are sensitive due to the removal procedure (2).

How can individuals with sensitivity or discomfort consume ice cream after the procedure?

If you have sensitivity or discomfort with ice cream because of the cold temperature, you can try waiting for the ice cream to melt. Otherwise, you could opt for another option, like jello, yogurt, and milk (1).

Yogurt and milk are semi-solid and liquid foods, respectively, with all the nutrients you require like carbohydrates, fats, and proteins. Proteins, especially, are essential not only to keep you satisfied and without hunger, they are needed for cicatrization and repairing injuries (5,6).

An advantage of yogurt and milk is that they also contain Zinc and Magnesium which could help for the development of tissues and to reduce inflammation, respectively (7).

Moreover, yogurt contains probiotics; these are live bacteria in your intestine that are known for improving your gastrointestinal health and preventing colon cancer (8).

Beyond the gastrointestinal benefits of probiotics, there is evidence that they can exert benefits in other sites of your body. In this sense, specific probiotics like Bifidobacterium can help for wound healing (8).

Bifidobacterium can modulate different immunological mechanisms that induce your body to repair wounds by migrating Natural Killer cells (these cells remove damaged tissue and pathogenic bacteria) and reducing inflammation (8).

How long should ice cream be consumed as part of the recovery process after wisdom teeth removal?

Dentists recommend consuming a liquid and cold diet within the first 24 hours after the wisdom teeth removal. After 24 hours, you can start with a soft diet if you can tolerate semi-solid food (1).

What are the Healthiest Options of Ice Cream to Eat After Wisdom Teeth Removal?

The healthiest options of ice cream after wisdom teeth removal could be frozen-yogurt based ice creams, and if possible, added with natural fruits like strawberry or berries (1,8,9).

Selecting yogurt-based ice creams with berries could be helpful to improve your healing process. As mentioned before, yogurt contains calcium, vitamin D, and probiotics that could help reduce inflammation and prevent infections (8).

Nevertheless, fruits like strawberries are a good source of vitamin C, polyphenols, and anthocyanins (natural pigments with anti-inflammatory properties); all these nutrients are good for improving cicatrization and reducing the inflammation of the wound (9,10).

Here are some examples of soft fruits you can choose for toppings in your ice cream (10):

  • Strawberries
  • Mango
  • Kiwi
  • Raspberry


In this article, we addressed the query “Can you eat ice cream after wisdom teeth removal?” Additionally, we briefly presented the role of cold food in inflammation alleviation, and what other alternatives you have if you present cold sensitivity.


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