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14 Foods to Eat and Avoid After Dental Work

Foods and drinks you consume influences your oral health especially if you had dental work or certain oral condition. If you have a tooth extraction or a more complicated procedure, you should follow your dentist’s post-treatment instructions. However, if you feel that something goes wrong with your dental work, you should immediately contact your dentist.

Eating soft and healthy food is crucial after such dental procedures as bone grafting for dental implants, teeth extraction, and sinus lift. However, your dentist may recommend you to avoid certain foods and beverages if you have mouth sores or other dental issues. Here is a list of 14 foods to eat and avoid after dental work.

1. Eat scrambled eggs

In addition to that scrambled eggs are a great option for breakfast that don’t require much effort on chewing, they are a great source of protein. However, you should be careful and avoid too hot eggs and eggshells that can hurt your gums.

2. Eat soup

Soup is not only easy to cook and eat, but also contains a lot of nutrients. Moreover, if you add soft vegetables, it would be even more beneficial. In order to avoid discomfort and damage, make sure that the soup is smooth and not too hot.

3. Avoid spicy foods

Foods that contain a lot of salt and pepper can cause painful sensations and irritation of the gums and mouth. After the dental treatment, the last thing anyone needs is mouth irritation while your mouth heals.

4. Eat sweet and mashed potatoes

Mashed potatoes contain a significant amount of nutrients and are very easy to chew and swallow. Moreover, sweet potatoes have anti-inflammatory properties that can help prevent oral diseases and ease the healing process after dental procedures.

5. Eat ice-cream

In addition to that ice-cream is extremely tasty, it is cool and soft. This means that you don’t need much effort to eat it. Moreover, ice-cream can also help reduce swelling that naturally occurs in the mouth after dental treatment.

6. Avoid roasted vegetables

Vegetables themselves are beneficial to our health but when you have an injury in the mouth, it is better to avoid them especially is they are roasted. It is important to understand that roasted vegetables are not easy to chew and they can scratch swollen tissues.

7. Eat smoothies

Fresh fruits are perfect for such a tasty and healthy product as a smoothie. It is better to choose ripe fruits like blueberries because they contain more antioxidants than any other fruit. The immune system will be stimulated and help prevent gum disease.

8. Eat pasta or noodles

Pasta or noodles is a perfect meal after dental treatment. However, make sure that they are very soft, in order to avoid any problems while eating them.

9. Avoid crunchy snacks and bread

Foods like crackers, pretzels, chips, and nuts contain sodium, which can irritate sensitive gums. In addition, they can get stuck in any holes in the mouth or scratch swollen tissues with their sharp edges.

10. Eat pancakes

In addition to that pancakes are easy to cook and eat, they are very tasty. However, if your teeth are sensitive after a dental procedure, make sure that pancakes are not to hot and you didn’t pour too much sweet syrup. 

11. Eat fish

Salmon is considered one of the healthiest fish you can eat. This is a great option to consume after the dental treatment because it is soft and easy to chew. Moreover, salmon is rich in omega-3 fatty acids that can help heal wounds by reducing excessive inflammation.

12. Avoid alcohol

Despite the fact that many people think alcohol has antibacterial properties, you should avoid its consumption until you’re completely recovered from oral surgery. The reality is that alcohol can irritate swollen tissues or interact with prescribed medication.

13. Eat jellies and pudding

There is a great variety of jellies and puddings that prevent boredom, which often occurs with a restrictive diet after dental work. Moreover, both these dishes are easy to cook.

14. Eat oatmeal

Oatmeal is a perfect option for breakfast or dinner. However, you should avoid adding nuts or granola. In order to avoid irritation, make sure the oatmeal has cooled before eating it.

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