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Best Foods to Eat After Oral Surgery

August 11, 2021
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Posted By: Kennedy Dental
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If you’ve had a tooth pulled, for example, you may be wondering, “what can I eat after a tooth extraction?”

Maybe you’ve had a root canal, and the area is slightly tender. In these cases, what are the best foods for you?

In either case, your dentist in Bellevue, NE recommends a soft food diet but will provide more specific guidelines following treatment.

Soft Foods to Eat After Dental Surgery

Having a tooth extraction, wisdom tooth removal, or other type of oral surgery in Bellevue is a great excuse to indulge in ice cream! But, of course, you can’t survive on ice cream alone, which is why we’ve compiled the following list of foods to enjoy post-dental surgery:

  • Yogurt
  • Pudding
  • Mashed potatoes
  • Creamy soup
  • Applesauce
  • Baby food
  • Pureed veggies
  • Pureed fruits
  • Oatmeal

Any food that can be thoroughly mashed or pureed is probably a safe option. The idea is not to chew food after dental surgery—or at least not until your dentist says it's safe.

Additional Aftercare Tips

Aside from a soft diet following dental surgery, we recommend not chewing at all—even on the opposite side—when your mouth is still numb. This can cause you to burn your cheek or gums on hot foods, and even bite your tongue or cheek. But, again, we strongly encourage waiting until all anesthesia has worn off before consuming anything.

If you’ve had a tooth pulled or other major surgery procedure, we also suggest you avoid smoking or drinking through a straw until your dentist says it's safe. Smoking is known to slow down healing, and drinking through a straw can dislodge blood clots that promote recovery.

And always call our dentist office at (402) 291-3535 if you notice anything unusual, including excessive tooth pain.

Contact Your Dentist Office in Bellevue for More Information

If you’ve just had dental surgery, we're here for you throughout your treatment and recovery. If you’re considering dental surgery and have questions, reach out to a dental team member today at (402) 291-3535 to schedule an appointment. We're always happy to chat with our patients and provide tips and advice following treatment.

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