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Applesauce to Zucchini: What Should I Eat After Dental Surgery?
Posted on April 13th, 2021
If you need dental surgery, you may have a lot of questions and concerns. How much will it cost? How much will it hurt? Who is going to drive me home? And perhaps most importantly, what can I eat? Recovery can seem a lot more stressful if you don’t stock up on acceptable soft foods in advance. Dickinson dentist, Dr. Agee Kunjumon, shares a comprehensive list of foods in this article to help ease your mind—at least about one aspect of your procedure!
Types of Dental Treatments
Each type of dental treatment is different, so it’s important to follow post-operative instructions from Touchstone Dentistry regarding appropriate foods to eat. Certain surgeries require a strict liquid diet for a certain amount of time before transitioning to soft foods. Types of dental procedures that require soft foods while recovering may include:
U: Unsweetened herbal tea (hold the lemon—too acidic!)
V: Vichyssoise (chilled potato leek soup)
X: Xavier soup (Italian dumpling soup)
Y: Yellow squash, yogurt
Z: Zucchini (baked, mashed)
Foods to Avoid
We hope we’ve sparked a little kitchen creativity with the soft foods listed above, but equally important, you should know which types of foods to avoid to ensure your quickest and most comfortable recovery.
Anything acidic (tomatoes, tomato sauce, oranges, lemons, or any other acidic fruit or juice)
Seeds, cracked pepper, or popcorn (can become lodged, causing discomfort or infection)
Spicy foods (may lead to discomfort)
Crunchy or especially chewy foods (can interfere with postoperative blood clotting)
Over-the-counter mouth rinses should also be avoided during your recovery. Even though they are not technically a food, they are commonly used and interfere significantly with healing. Dentists will usually prescribe a safe mouth rinse for use following dental surgery.
The content of this blog is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of qualified health providers with questions you may have regarding medical conditions.