Foods That Slow Healing After Oral Surgery

Posted on 2/29/2020 by Westlake Oral Surgery
Foods That Slow Healing After Oral SurgeryAfter dental surgery, many people may feel concerned about what they can or cannot eat after having the procedure done.

Of course, it is usually a good idea to stick to soft foods so as not to irritate the gums or cause further discomfort to you. Your jaw is not likely to be up to the task of chewing for a while after surgery. For the ultimate results, there are things you can do from your home to expedite the healing process.

Being Careful What You Eat After A Procedure

In general, you should avoid hard and sticky foods anyways, because of the pulling and damage they can do to much of the dental work you receive. Stitches can easily be ripped, however, which could be very uncomfortable. You should also watch out for foods that could possibly dislodge any work that has been done, such as fresh implants which could become jarred.

If you have a blood clot due to a tooth extraction, you will need to watch out for things that could cause suction, such as straws or cigarettes. If the clot becomes dislodged, you could wind up with dry socket. Not only is it likely to hurt, but it could slow down your healing.

Foods To Avoid After Surgery

Be mindful of food that could adhere to your teeth, such as taffies, caramels, or chews. These can also work your jaw muscles when they need time to heal. Watch out for hard foods as well, such as carrots, apples, and even doughy breads like bagels, which could become stuck in your dental work or force your mouth to work harder than it needs to.

Understanding what is important to your recovery can be essential to your treatment plan. Give us a call here at our office if you have any questions before or after your surgery.
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