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Oral Surgery Leaves You with Food Restrictions

Posted on 5/30/2019 by Dr. Simon K Choyee
Oral Surgery Leaves You with Food RestrictionsWhen you have oral surgery, we provide you with a list of things for your aftercare. Getting the right aftercare can help with the recovery from the surgery. Part of the aftercare from oral surgery involves diet. There are foods to include in your diet and foods to avoid. Learning what the foods are and why they play a role in oral surgery recovery helps make it easier to manage this part.

Start with Food Texture
When looking at what foods you can and can't eat, start with the texture of the food. Hard foods are difficult to chew after oral surgery. Almost all types of oral surgery leave the moth and at least some of the teeth sore for a few days.

The recommendation is to start out with soft food and liquids at first. As the surgical site heals and the pain and discomfort go away, it is okay to introduce foods that are harder or chewier. It is best to do this slowly and to stop if there is any pain or discomfort while eating.

The second texture to avoid is sticky foods. These types of food can stick to the surgical site and are not easy to remove. Stay away from sticky foods until the surgical site has completely healed.

Other Food Restrictions

It seems obvious too many to avoid hard foods and include liquids and soft foods in the diet after oral surgery. But there are some other things to consider when looking at what foods to eat. Foods that re acidic can cause problems at the surgical site. In addition to causing discomfort and pain, they can also slow down the healing process. Spicy foods also contain chemicals that can damage the surgical site.

A good diet after surgery includes foods that are easy to eat or drink that also contain lots of vitamins and minerals. While the diet may seem bland, it is only temporary and the better you eat, the shorter the time for recovery from oral surgery is.

If you have any questions about this or any other oral health issue, contact our office to schedule an appointment.

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