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What Can I Eat After Oral Surgery?

July 8, 2022 11:46 pm | Published by

Oral surgery includes root canals, wisdom teeth extractions, dental implants, and other more complex procedures. After you get surgery, it takes some time to heal. What foods should you eat to ensure the healing process goes as quickly and smoothly as possible?

What You Can Eat

After oral surgery, your mouth forms a blood clot to protect the area we worked on. You want to eat foods that don’t disturb the clot. Liquids and very soft foods are necessary for the first 24 hours after surgery, though you may need a bit more time to heal before returning to a normal diet. You should eat foods like:

  • Lukewarm pureed soups

  • Pudding

  • Smoothies

  • Applesauce

  • Soft-cooked oatmeal

  • Mashed potatoes

  • Ice cream

  • Yogurt

  • Soft scrambled eggs

  • Cottage cheese

What You Should Avoid Eating

Eating the wrong foods can harm your mouth and make recovery more difficult. Here’s what to avoid until you’ve healed:

  • Alcohol

  • Caffeinated beverages

  • Carbonated beverages

  • Hot drinks or soups

  • Spicy food

  • Very acidic food (like oranges)

  • Fruit and vegetables with seeds

Other Recovery Tips

In addition to eating soft foods, you can ensure a speedy recovery by following our other instructions. We recommend no smoking for at least 24 hours after surgery. It’s also important you don’t drink with a straw as you can accidentally dislodge the blood clot. Drink lots of water, but don’t rinse out your mouth for the first 24 hours. If you experience uncontrollable bleeding or pain after surgery, please reach out to us right away.

Oral Surgery at Meadow Creek Family Dentistry in Inman & Spartanburg, SC

The dental teams at our two locations are committed to making oral surgery as stress-free and comfortable as possible. Whether you’re getting a root canal, a tooth extraction, or a dental implant, we always provide detailed instructions on how to take care of yourself. It’s a good idea to stock your kitchen before your surgery because you’ll want to rest after. If you have any questions about oral surgery or want to book an appointment, please contact us today!

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