We all know that our dietary choices impact all aspects of our health. Our teeth and gums are just one system that can feel the consequences of these choices. When you add orthodontic appliances to the mix, the choices are all the more critical. Other dental procedures can also have a direct effect on what we can and should eat. Those who have recently undergone dental procedures often wonder what they should choose. This guide will help you understand the right choices for your oral health.
A Dietary Guide For Different Dental Procedures
What you can eat after a procedure is determined by the treatment itself. Each procedure will put different restrictions on you, based on what was done. The complexity of the treatment and its extent will also play a role.
- Braces and Orthodontic Treatments – These devices are sensitive to hard, sticky, or chewy foods. Ice, hard candy, pretzels, peanut brittle, ribs, and even pizza crusts put you at risk of damage. Avoid anything that you need to bite into, such as corn on the cob and apples. Cut the corn off the cob, and slice the apples before eating instead. Try protein shakes, yogurt, oatmeal, meatloaf, and soft foods until directed by your dentist.
- Canker Sores – While these sores aren’t curable, some dietary choices can limit their appearance. Foods that are acidic or spicy are a common culprit. They can also be quite painful while a sore is active. Try eating canned fruit, milk, mashed potatoes, and peanut butter. You can also try soft-cooked meats like chicken, pork, and beef that’s been shredded.
- Dry Mouth – Dry mouth is usually the result of another medical condition, such as asthma. If you’re experiencing this condition, speak to your dentist and PCP. You should avoid tobacco, foods that are spicy or salty, and acidic drinks. You can add moisture to your food with soup, butter, gravy, or broth. Dipping and soaking food can help.
- Oral Surgery – Oral surgery, such as when getting new implants, can require dietary changes. As might be expected, you should stick to soft foods while your surgery heals. Try nutrient-rich options such as lean meats, vegetables, eggs, and beans until directed otherwise.
- Difficulty Chewing – There are many reasons you might experience chewing difficulty. Dentures that don’t fit properly, tooth loss, and gum disease are just a few. While your dentist helps treat this, a dietary change may be needed. Foods that are soft and easy to eat are the best options, especially nutrient-rich options.
This list represents the most commonly encountered difficulties by dental patients. If you don’t find your concern on this list, speak to your dentist.
Stick To The List For Speed of Recovery
It can be hard to avoid your favorite foods while you heal. The consequences of not doing so can be a longer recovery time and more damage. Please speak to your dentist for guidance and stick to the information they provide you. It’s the best way to ensure that you heal quickly and can return to your regular diet.