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Nov
6

Foods to Eat When Recovering From Oral Surgery

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After an oral surgery procedure like an extraction, wisdom tooth removal, or gum grafting, you’ll need to take it pretty easy for a few days when it comes to what you eat. Here are some great ideas for helping curb your hunger while also being gentle on your healing oral tissues:

Pudding or Yogurt

A classic “go to” food after dental surgeries, yogurt and pudding are easy to eat because they don’t require any chewing, and they’re smooth when you swallow them. The cool temperature can also help sore areas in your mouth feel better if they are still inflamed.

Soups

As long as they aren’t too hot, warm or room temperature soups like potato or chicken broth can be satisfying and be easy to eat as long as you’re not still numb.

Eggs

Soft and full of protein, eggs can help you feel fuller when you’re not up to eating much solid food. Scrambled eggs are quick and easy to make, and will help you feel satisfied more than a soup would.

Oatmeal or Grits

As you introduce a little more texture into your diet, warm cereals can help you test the waters when it comes to deciding if you can handle solid foods yet or not.

Canned Peaches

Softer than fresh fruits, canned peaches can be eaten even if you’re not comfortable with a lot of chewing. They’ll also help you make sure you reach your goal of total fruits that day.

Smoothies

Cool fruit smoothies are easy to make, can be packed with important vitamins and minerals, and make a great mean no matter what time of the day it is.

Posted on behalf of Dr. Mac Worley, Mountain View Oral Surgery and Dental Implants

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Nov
6

Smoking After a Tooth Extraction

Your dentist will give you lots of instructions to follow after having a tooth extracted. In fact, there may seem to be so many of them that you’ll have to read over the home care instructions sheet after your appointment so that you don’t forget them all. The list may seem to go on and on, but the reasons behind each of these home care steps has a single purpose: to aid in your recovery time and the successful healing of your dental procedure.

Avoiding cigarettes and smoking of any kind is extremely important after you’ve had a wisdom tooth extraction or any other tooth extracted. That’s because the cigarette smoke can interfere with the ability of the blood to clot in the socket. Inappropriate healing or lack of blood supply in these areas (caused by the smoke) can cause a very painful condition called dry socket. Dry sockets take much longer to heal than an extraction in a healthy mouth, and are known to cause severe pain for a prolonged period before healing finally takes place.

Other types of things you should avoid after an extraction include drinking through a straw, consuming carbonated beverages, and vigorous rinsing. Carefully follow your dentist’s directions after your procedure to ensure a quick, successful recovery period from your oral surgery.

If you’re experiencing any type of discomfort or complications after your extraction, contact your dentist as soon as possible. It may be necessary to prescribe a medication or to directly place a medication into the specific area of your mouth. Applying a cold compress to the side of your face and taking over the counter anti-inflammatory medications are also useful.

Posted on behalf of Dr. John Carey, North Metro Oral & Implant Surgery

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