Eating regular food after dental surgery can be a painful experience. If you have recently had surgery to fit dental implants or treat an oral health condition, sticking to soft foods could ease your recovery. Eat these five foods to get the right balance of nutrients without irritating your surgical site.
1. Creamy Soup
Soups are a great way to enjoy vegetables while recovering from dental surgery. Boil your favourite vegetables in a large pan until they soften and then add a handful of fresh herbs and a pinch of salt. Blend the soup in a food processor to remove lumps and create a creamy consistency. Don't forget to wait for the soup to cool before you tuck in; you don't want to risk burning the surgical site.
2. Banana Smoothie
This tasty breakfast option is simple to prepare. Place a couple of bananas in a blender with some milk or yoghurt and blend them together to make a rich and creamy smoothie. You can add other fruits, such as mango or apple, for extra flavour. However, you should avoid anything with seeds, as they can get stuck in your mouth and cause irritation.
Oatmeal provides a good mixture of protein, fibre and healthy fats, as well as minerals such as manganese and iron. It's also easy to prepare. Heat oats and milk over a medium heat, stirring constantly to prevent the oatmeal from sticking to the bottom of the pan. Add honey, cinnamon, brown sugar or syrup for extra flavour.
4. Scrambled Eggs
Eggs provide the protein you need to heal from dental surgery. Make ideal scrambled eggs by whisking raw with milk and a pinch of salt, melting some butter in a saucepan and then cooking the eggs in the butter until they are cooked without being rubbery.
5. Mashed Potatoes
Potatoes contain vitamin C, fibre and a range of minerals. However, chewing through the tough skin of a baked potato can irritate your mouth after dental surgery. Instead, peel potatoes, boil them and mash them with a splash of milk and a knob of butter to make a soft and creamy food.
Stick with this soft foods diet until your mouth starts to feel less tender. Later in your recovery, you can gradually reintroduce regular foods, but don't eat anything that causes pain. Being careful not to irritate your dental surgical site can help it heal quickly.