What to eat after dental treatment

After dental treatment, some people find it difficult to eat or enjoy their food. This reluctance to sit down at meal times, plus an inability to consume normal, solid food, is especially true after dental treatment.
 
It’s not difficult to see why: too much chewing, slurping or sucking can aggravate the treated area, resulting in discomfort and even pain. It also can potentially re-open the area, causing bleeding or infection that will delay healing or cause problems.  However, despite any fears or lack of appetite, it’s vital that you continue to eat, as nutrients provide energy and facilitate your healing process.
 
In general, the rule of thumb is: no spicy foods, chips, popcorn, acidic juices, or carbonated drinks. The day of your treatment and for the first 24 hours following, it’s a good idea to give your teeth a bit of a break. For this reason, cold soups, smoothies, jello/puddings, and cold drinks should be your main dietary intake. And remember, refrain from using a straw, because the sucking action can cause excess strain, move the newly formed blood clot, and delay your ultimate recovery.
 
VEGETABLES
Soups (smooth rather than chunky)
Mashed avocado/guacamole
Fresh spinach, kale or other greens, cooked very soft
Sweet potatoes, baked until very soft
Soft-cooked carrots, soft cooked squash (mashed if necessary)
Vegetable juice (such as tomato juice)
 
FRUITS
Fruit juice
Fruit smoothies
Mashed bananas
Baked apples
Applesauce
 
MEAT, FISH, EGGS, BEANS AND OTHER PROTEIN
Soup with soft meats
Soft-cooked fish
Fisherman’s pie
Crab cakes
Scrambled egg or poached egg
Beans (mashed if necessary)
Tofu
 
BREAD, RICE, POTATOES, PASTA
Mashed potatoes
Pasta or noodles
Cooked cereal, porridge (with or without mashed fruit)
Cold cereal (which has been left to soak in milk until soft)
Bread that has been softened in soup
 
MILK AND DAIRY
Milkshakes, milk drinks (no straw)
Yoghurt
Yoghurt drinks
Yoghurt with soft fruits
Cottage cheese, ricotta cheese
Cheese in sauces or melted in other dishes
 
IF FOR ANY REASON YOU ARE CONCERNED ABOUT YOUR CONDITION, NOTIFY DR MORRIS OR A MEMBER OF OUR OFFICE STAFF BY CALLING OUR OFFICE AT (780) 790-0088.  For emergencies after hours, please call Northern Lights Regional Health Centre at  (780) 791-6161