Whether you have sutures in your gums or your wisdom teeth extracted, you may be experiencing a bit of mild discomfort. This can affect your ability to chew as well as your appetite. What can you eat for the next few days after oral surgery?
Use the following suggestions to plan your meals for the week after your next oral surgical procedure:
Oatmeal or Cream of Wheat
Want to start off your day with something substantial? Warm cereal is a good way to go.
Warm soup is a comforting way to get your body the nutrients it needs. Just don’t eat it while it’s too hot. That definitely won’t feel good if you accidentally burn yourself.
Macaroni and Cheese
You don’t want your pasta al dente for this dish! Make sure the noodles are cooked until very soft and that there’s enough cheese sauce to make them easy to swallow. This is another great option for getting protein and a full belly with minimal chewing.
Whether you go for sweet or regular potatoes, mashing them is a good way to get fiber. Use an electric mixer to ensure that the potatoes don’t have any chunks that need chewing.
Yes, your dentist approves sweets in this case! Cool, soft, and easy-to-swallow desserts are a good way to soothe sore gums and give your jaw a break. They can even boost your morale. Choose from soft-serve ice cream, pudding, and Jell-O.
The key is to avoid foods that require a lot of chewing. Anything you can gently sip from a glass or spoon is fair game! Talk with your dentist for more ideas on safe foods during recovery from oral surgery.
Posted on behalf of:
Dental Care of Acworth
5552 Robin Road Suite A
Acworth GA 30103
Wisdom teeth are a rite of passage into adulthood. For a lucky few, they cause no problems whatsoever. Those wisdom teeth come in straight, pain-free, and may not even be difficult to keep clean. For others, they can create a multiplicity of problems. The symptoms tend to come-and-go sporadically over days, weeks, and months. How does a person know if it’s time to have them finally taken out?
Here are 3 simple reasons why your dentist will recommend wisdom tooth removal:
They’re causing pain.
Pain is caused by infection, swelling, and when things just aren’t going the way they ought to be. Most wisdom tooth pain will come and go consistently if the teeth are not going to erupt properly.
They’re impacted against other teeth.
If there isn’t enough room in the mouth or the teeth are developing at an angle, they can become impacted against adjacent teeth. This pressure can damage the nearby teeth as well as cause crowding of the teeth throughout the mouth.
They’re susceptible to cavities and gum disease.
Even if the wisdom tooth erupts partially through the gums, it can allow food, debris, and bacteria under the gum tissue around the tooth. This can allow cavities and gum disease to develop fairly quickly, damaging not only the wisdom tooth, but the neighboring teeth.
Still not sure whether or not you need your wisdom teeth removed? Your dentist will take a panoramic radiograph to assess your eruption patterns and bone. This simple step is all that you need to find out one way or another if your 3rd set of molars need go.
Posted on behalf of Dr. Mark Rowe, Rowe Family Dental Care
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