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In this guide, we’ll be covering when exactly you’ll need a soft-food diet, what types of food you can and cannot eat, and how to prepare your meals.

When can i eat normally after wisdom teeth removal?

It may take a few days to a week or more to eat normally after wisdom teeth removal. Pain, swelling and bleeding are common after the procedure and may affect your ability to eat normal, solid foods.

During the first few days, you should gradually increase the consistency of your food by starting with soft foods and gradually moving to more solid foods as you feel comfortable.

It is important to listen to your body and not eat foods that cause pain or discomfort.

What food can I eat after wisdom teeth extraction?

Here is a list of the best foods to eat after wisdom teeth removal. 


  • Bread

  • Muffins

  • Pancakes 

  • Cakes

  • Cereals (soft or moist)

  • Pasta

  • Noodles

  • Rice

  • Donuts

  • Oatmeal


  • Eggs

  • Fish

  • Sushi

  • Chicken, chopped

  • Tofu

  • Baked beans


  • Cheese (thinly sliced, melted)

  • Cottage cheese

  • Milk

  • Milkshakes

  • Ice cream

  • Yogurt

Fruits and vegetables

  • Applesauce

  • Canned fruit

  • Cooked or baked fruits

  • Soft fruits with no skin (bananas, peaches, watermelon)

  • Soft, cooked veggies

Foods to avoid after wisdom teeth removal

Yes, there are also plenty of foods you shouldn’t eat. And you should be aware of what they are before you bite into anything. 

Here are some off-limits foods for those after wisdom teeth surgery:


  • Toast, crackers, and hard cereal

  • Anything with dried fruits, nuts or other seeds

  • Corn on the cob, uncooked potatoes, hard chips

  • Bagels, French bread, sourdough bread

  • Popcorn


  • Steak

  • Beef jerky

  • Bacon

  • Sausage

  • Peanut butter (both creamy and crunchy)


  • Corn on the cob

  • Peas

  • Hard, unmashed, raw vegetables


  • Hard fruits, like whole apples, raw carrots

  • Stringy fruits, like pineapple and mango

  • Any skin of a fruit

Fast foods

  • Burgers

  • Hot-dogs

  • Chips

  • Fries

  • Mac and cheese

  • Ramen

  • Sushi

  • Pizza

  • Crunchy sandwiches

How long after wisdom teeth removal can I eat?

It is usually recommended to wait 24 hours after wisdom teeth removal before eating solid food. During this time, you should limit yourself to soft foods and liquids to allow the extraction site to heal. After 24 hours, you can gradually start eating solid food again.