Foods to Eat after Oral Surgery

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Following some cosmetic and general dentistry procedures, Dr. Chung may make suggestions for which foods to avoid during your recovery period. The types of foods Dr. Chung recommends avoiding will be dependent on the type of oral surgery you have had. He will focus his suggestions on ensuring your comfort and safety.

What Not to Eat

Following oral surgery, you will generally want to avoid any foods that are:

  • Crunchy
  • Chewy
  • Sticky
  • Spicy
  • Overly sweet
  • Very hot

Avoiding these types of foods and beverages can help prevent infection and irritation, providing your body the time it needs to properly heal. Dr. Chung will discuss specific foods to avoid prior to your procedure.

What to Eat after Oral Surgery

Depending on the procedure you have had, you may want to stick to broths and liquids for the first few days. However, when you feel ready, you can move onto a variety of softer foods. Foods such as applesauce, mashed potatoes, and yogurt are often good choices. If you have had an extraction you will want to make sure to clean the socket even after eating these foods to help prevent infection.

During the healing process it is important that your body receives enough nutrients. You may need to add a supplement to your diet during this time as all nutrients may not be found during dietary restriction. High calorie drinks such as Ensure® or protein shakes can also be very beneficial during this time.

Everyone heals differently. Dr. Chung will work closely with you during your recovery to help make sure your dietary and nutritional choices are beneficial for your body.

If you are looking for a dentist in the areas of Northern Virginia, please call Softouch Dental Care at 703-319-6990 today to schedule an appointment with Dr. Chung.