Can you eat pancakes after wisdom teeth removal?

In this article, we will address the query “Can you eat pancakes after wisdom teeth removal?” Additionally, we will cover other information like why it is recommended to eat soft food after teeth removal; what you can add to your pancakes to improve the texture and what you can eat if you do not tolerate pancakes.

Can you eat pancakes after wisdom teeth removal?

Yes, you can eat pancakes after wisdom teeth removal, however, you should wait 24 hours after the intervention to eat soft foods like pancakes. During the first 24 hours after teeth removal, you must have a liquid and cold diet (1).

The liquid and cold diet are crucial to reduce inflammation and ensure that any little piece of food gets stuck in the injury, this could cause an infection and complicate your recovery (1,2).

Why are soft foods often recommended during the recovery period?

Dentists recommend soft food because the mouth inflammation could cause discomfort like pain when swallowing or chewing solid or hard food (1). 

Additionally, the force made by your mouth for chewing and swallowing could damage the wound stitches; this can cause pain, more inflammation, and probably an infection (1).

How can the texture of pancakes affect the healing process and comfort level?

Food texture plays a crucial role in the comfort level during your recovery, usually, a softer food is less likely to cause discomfort or pain (1). 

You can add some honey or maple syrup to your pancakes to make it softer. Honey and maple syrup will add moisture to the pancakes, making it easier to chew and swallow (3,4). 

Additionally, honey and maple syrup will add calories to fill you with energy and alleviate your hunger (3,4).

How can pancake toppings help for healing after wisdom teeth removal?

You can use pancake’s toppings to enhance your recovery through specific nutrients. Vitamin C and antioxidant molecules like polyphenols from berries, and even another topping like peanut butter can exert slight beneficial effects on your recovery (5,6).

Berries are widely known for their content of antioxidants and their delicious flavor. Indeed, berries contain several molecules like polyphenols and anthocyanins with anti-inflammatory properties (5). 

Furthermore, strawberries are rich in vitamin C (approximately 60 mg/100 g); vitamin C plays a crucial role in promoting cicatrization and wound healing (5,7).

In the case of peanut butter, peanut is a good source of monounsaturated fatty acids, it can contain around 50 – 57 % of monounsaturated fatty acids. Monounsaturated fatty acids have excellent anti-inflammatory properties that could help reduce the inflammation after the wisdom teeth removal (6).

Are there any considerations or precautions when consuming pancakes after wisdom teeth removal?

The better consideration and precaution you should take into account is chewing the pancakes on the other side of the removed tooth; this way you are going to reduce the probability of an infection due to food residues in the injury (1).

What are some alternatives to pancakes for individuals who cannot tolerate them after the procedure?

If you cannot tolerate pancakes you should try liquid or semisolid foods. Jello, ice cream, and milk are excellent options. If you need more flavor, you can try with some milk-based smoothies (1).

Milk-based smoothies are a good option because you can incorporate foods, which are rich in antioxidants and vitamin C, which could help to reduce inflammation, promote cicatrization, and reduce inflammation (8).

Here are some recipes for milk-based smoothies. Remember that you should avoid small particles of food, so it is better if you do not use fruits with small seeds like guava, blackberry, or pitayas.

Finally, milk is an excellent source of high quality proteins, vitamin D, and calcium; all these nutrients are required for a good recovery (9). You can find useful information regarding milk in this link.


In this article, we will address the query “Can you eat pancakes after wisdom teeth removal?” Additionally, we will cover other information like why it is recommended to eat soft food after teeth removal; what you can add to your pancakes to improve the texture and what you can eat if you do not tolerate pancakes.


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