After having any major dental procedure, you’ll need to adjust your lifestyle for a few days to help yourself heal. This includes resting, taking medication as prescribed, drinking plenty of fluids (such as water, and if you like tea, the Mad Hat Tea Company’s Healthy Teeth Blend), and eating foods that promote healing. If you’re not sure what foods are safe, we’ve compiled a list of examples for the next time you or your loved one needs to have oral surgery.
- Purees & Soups
- Mashed Banana
- Greek Yogurt
- Mashed Potatoes
One of the best ways to help yourself heal from oral surgery is to eat foods packed with nutritional content. Purees and soups made from wholesome ingredients like vegetables and lean proteins will satisfy your appetite. Try a pureed carrot soup for fiber and beta carotene. Broth is also great for helping you heal because it contains vitamins and minerals and will help keep you hydrated.
Eggs are a good source of protein, which helps repair damaged tissue after surgery. They’re also soft and gentle on tender mouths.
Bananas are high in potassium, manganese, folate, vitamin B6, and electrolytes. All of these aid in the healing process. They are also soft and easy to mash, making them easy to chew after surgery.
Greek yogurt is full of protein and probiotics. Probiotics help to replenish gut flora, which can help to ward off infection. This is ideal for after surgery when wounds are vulnerable. Be sure to buy a low-sugar variety and to keep the sugar you add yourself, like honey or maple syrup, to a minimum.
Not only are mashed potatoes delicious, they are rich in vitamin C, potassium, and fiber. They are a higher calorie food, which makes them perfect for after surgery when you need to eat but can’t chew a lot of your usual favorites.
Apples contain vitamin C and both kinds of necessary dietary fiber: soluble and insoluble. Puree the apples and mix in a little cinnamon for added flavor and a warming effect.
Avocados are high in monounsaturated fatty acids, the “good” kind of fat. They help lower cholesterol and triglyceride levels. They are delicious alone, with a little salt added, or on eggs.
We look forward to seeing you soon. If you have an upcoming dental surgery scheduled, we can help you prepare for the recovery period. Reach out to our team with any questions!Contact Us