Soft Foods To Eat After Your Dental Procedure

Whether you’ve had a tooth removed, your mouth prepared for a dental implant, or you’ve just had a scaling and planing (a deep cleaning of the teeth beneath the gum line), your mouth may feel a bit sore and tender after a visit to your dentist or oral surgeon. If you know you have a dental procedure coming up, you might want to stock up the pantry with some nice, soft foods – here are a few ideas for your pre-dental visit shopping trip!

Why eat soft foods?

We probably don’t have to even tell you why it’s a good idea to stick to soft foods after a dental procedure; you probably won’t feel much like eating anything chewy or crunchy, anyway. Soft foods allow your tender gums and sensitive teeth to heal, while also reducing the chance that wounds will be reopened. You should also aim for at least some foods that are high in protein, vitamins, and minerals to help your wounds to heal and to speed your recovery. And, make sure you don’t skip eating altogether, as this can make you feel even worse.

Soft food ideas

It can be difficult to think of what soft foods to eat after a dental procedure. You should stay away from not only chewy and crunchy foods but also spicy foods; grains, nuts, and seeds that might get stuck in your wound; and alcohol, which can irritate your wound.

You could try:

• Jell-O

• Applesauce

• Soft cooked rice

• Mashed potatoes

• Oatmeal

• Mashed bananas

• Scrambled eggs

• Smoothies or milk shakes

• Mashed avocado

• Frozen yogurt

• Soup with pureed veggies

• Tofu

• Polenta

• Yogurt

• Hummus

• Broth

• Cottage cheese

• Salmon

Of course, your dentist or oral surgeon will have specific instructions (and a list of foods to stay away from) for you to follow after your procedure, for your safety, comfort, and healing. But it’s a good idea to be prepared before the procedure by having some soft foods ready, so that you can rest and heal once you get home. If you are having tooth pain, or if you think you would like to have a cosmetic dentistry procedure, contact Lerner & Lemongello, in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida. Call (561) 627-9000 for an appointment today!

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