Last Thursday, I had both of my bottom wisdom teeth extracted. As part of recovery, I have been instructed to only eat soft foods and liquids, nothing that must be chewed. Since that time, my diet has consisted mostly of thin soups (pho broth, lobster bisque, cream of chicken), juices (naked, orangina, coconut water), and mashed potatoes. I have also been able to hold saltines in my mouth until they dissolve. I am also brushing my teeth more and rinsing with salt water regularly. This factor, combined with the painkillers I am taking, helps to reduce my appetite. I am also afraid to open my mouth more than an inch, since I feel a twinge of pain when I try to do so, so I must take small bites of anything I eat. I am eating more slowly and in with more care to avoid getting food into my extraction sites. My painkillers have further
caused constipation (TMI, I know), so I am taking a laxative, which is also cleaning me out pretty good. With all of these combined factors, I have lost 5 pounds in 5 days in spite of not sticking to my planned diet and practically eating all day.
While I do miss so many foods (burgers, french fries, pizza, doughnuts, sandwiches, sushi, etc.), I am satisfied in my intake. I eat (or drink as the case may be) until I am full, bored, worried about my extraction sites, or in too much pain to continue. Then, I stop and clean out my mouth. I have also been trying to keep my exercise levels at a moderate pace, mostly working on strength training with some some mild cardio. I am also not too worried about my fluid intake, since that’s pretty much all I am consuming.
Overall, I think this Wisdom Tooth Aftercare Diet could be the next big thing. It certainly is working for me. In fact, this week was the first week that my fiance mentioned that I looked like I was losing weight, and I am down into a size 16 from wearing a tight size 18. I have to stay on this diet for 2-4 weeks, basically until I feel comfortable eating solids again, but I read that it takes up to six months for the missing bone under the gums to fill back in, so we shall see how long I am able to stay on it. If it turns out my inability to open my mouth fully persists, I won’t be too terribly disappointed, since it will help me keep my weight under control.
This has all worked out very well, since my willpower was obviously failing. Its better if I have no choice in the matter. Oh, and I can’t have any booze, so that was easy.