Can You Eat Ramen After Wisdom Teeth Removal?
In this brief article, we will answer the query “Can You Eat Ramen After Wisdom Teeth Removal?” Additionally, we present what are the ingredients you should avoid and what you can use in your Ramen, as well as the general recommendations after wisdom teeth removal. Finally, it presents alternatives to Ramen that you can eat if you cannot eat it.
Can You Eat Ramen After Wisdom Teeth Removal?
You can consume Ramen with several conditions, first, you should wait 24 hours after the surgery. Within the first 24 hours, you should have only cold and liquid foods such as ice cream and yogurt (1,2).
Ramen is normally an easy to eat food, it has broth that makes Ramen moist and easy to swallow. However, you can cut the noodles and all ingredients to obtain bite-size portions, this will make it even easier to eat (1,2).
Moreover, there are other indications you should take into account, such as not eating your Ramen too hot, spicy, and you should avoid some ingredients (1,2).
What are the Ingredients You Should Avoid or Include in Your Ramen After Wisdom Teeth Removal?
Even though ramen does not have hard foods, you should avoid those ingredients difficult to chew or those which are irritating (1,2,3):
- Shrimp, pork, and poultry meats because these require more chewing than other protein sources like eggs.
- Avoid vegetables, especially raw vegetables like soy sprouts, or those that require too much chewing like mushrooms, cabbage, or radish.
- Do not use peppers or any other spicy ingredient.
It is better to prefer the following ingredients and tips (3,4):
- Prefer cooked fish and boiled eggs, they are softer than pork and poultry.
- Use easy to eat vegetables like cooked spinach and algae.
- You can add a lot of vegetables to the broth, then you can discard them from your plate. A great part of minerals and vitamins from vegetables will remain in the broth.
- Cut all the ingredients in small pieces, this will make it easier to chew and swallow.
Why Are Cold, Soft, and Liquid Foods the Post-Surgery Diet Recommendations?
Dentists recommend cold foods because cold temperatures can help reduce inflammation and pain sensation. In the case of liquid and soft foods, they do not need too much effort for chewing and are easy to swallow, which is important for preventing pain and discomfort (1,2).
Making too much effort to chew solid foods, can increase the risks of sutures’ rupture, exacerbate pain and discomfort, and small food residues can provoke an infection in the wound if you do not have the appropriate hygiene (1,2).
Following a soft diet for a few days will ensure that your mouth rest to allow the wound to heal. Take into account that there is no defined time to start eating solid foods, you can try more solid foods after a few days, if you feel uncomfortable, you can get back to semi-solid foods for a while (1,2).
What are Alternative Options to Ramen After Wisdom Teeth Removal?
You can try other semi-solid and liquid foods like jelly, ice-cream, custard, yogurt, and milk-based smoothies (1,2,3).
Smoothies are a good option to include fruits in your diet. Fruits contain excellent micronutrients to help you with your recovery, such as vitamin C and selenium. Vitamin C helps to cicatrize and selenium is a good antioxidant and anti-inflammatory (5,6).
In this link you will find recipes for smoothies.
In this brief article, we answered the query “Can You Eat Ramen After Wisdom Teeth Removal?” Additionally, we presented what are the ingredients you should avoid and what you can use in your Ramen, as well as the general recommendations after wisdom teeth removal. Finally, it presented alternatives to Ramen that you can eat if you cannot eat it.
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