If you have been to the dentist recently and just had dental surgery, you probably know how hard eating is going to be while healing. Oral surgeries make you weak and nauseous which is why soft foods are the best type to eat during recovery. This is a time to give your body just what it needs in order for it to heal quicker.
One thing you must know is that you should never eat spicy foods like Caribbean or Indian foods after any dental surgery. Both are strong flavoured foods and can hurt the open wounds in the mouth. Hard candies and peanut butter are two other foods that need to be avoided.
Your dentist will suggest soft foods after oral surgery because they are easier to digest in the stomach. Some of the foods your dentist may suggest are soups, smoothies, applesauce, Jell-O, yogurt, puddings, and ice cream. None of these foods require a lot of chewing which will again promote healing after your surgical procedure. The colder foods such as ice cream and smoothies will also help to numb the mouth which will ease some of your dental pain.
As a part of your dental care procedures after surgery, you will be told to eat plenty of fibre. The softer foods that contain plenty of fibre are brown rice, bananas, whole grain foods and smoothies. It’s also important to eat a lot of protein. Eggs and dairy products are good for your protein needs, but you should cut the eggs up well before eating.
Mashed potatoes are great after oral surgery. They are simple to make and very filling. Instant mashed potatoes can be found in most grocery stores. All you have to do is add some milk, butter or water and your food is ready in a flash!
Another good food to eat after dental surgery is angel hair pasta. It’s extremely thin, and all you have to do is make sure it’s cooked well and cut up into tiny pieces. Adding some thin spaghetti sauce makes for a great meal after dental surgery.
Your dentistry office may suggest you use the BRAT diet, minus the T for toast. They recommend plenty of bananas, rice and applesauce. The toast is left out because it can have sharper pieces to it, and it’s not a very friendly food after mouth surgery.
Remember after oral surgery that you have to eat, but you must eat smart. If you think you can handle something, you may be able to. Soft foods, however, are the better option while you are going through the recovery process. If you have any problems or questions, you should always contact your dental office.