Dental surgery is incredibly commonplace these days. Most people in the United States will experience at least one oral surgery in their lifetime. Luckily, with modern technology oral surgery is often quick and painless. The most difficult part of any dental procedure for the patient is the recovery process. Today we’ll answer one of the most common questions asked of dental surgeons: What are the best foods to eat after dental surgery?
One of the best ways to prepare for an upcoming dental surgery is to prep your fridge with soft foods that you’ll be able to enjoy post surgery. While ice cream and pudding is a delicious treat, especially if you’re still in the painful portion of the recovery period, your body needs nutrients to heal effectively. By giving the body the fuel it needs, you’ll make sure your recovery is as quick and painless as possible.
Let’s start with a basic grocery list. The name of the game is soft foods, you aren’t going to want to put any pressure on your teeth or gums for the first few days post-surgery, which means soft foods and liquids are key.
- Ice Cream
- Mashed Potatoes
- Smoothie Ingredients
- Bone Broth
- Scrambled Eggs
The road to solid food is different for each person. If you are on a soft-food diet for longer than a few days, it’s important to prioritize nutrient rich foods. Of course, don’t go from mashed potatoes straight to chewy steak. Slowly work your way back from soft foods to solid, going from smoothies, to eggs, to pasta and normal eating.
Recovering from a surgery is always a nuisance. Don’t compound the problem with hanger. Take the time to prep your fridge and pantry beforehand, and have a few easy meals planned out. Your body will thank you for it and you’ll be back to your favorite meals in no time.