Like any other type of procedure, an oral procedure requires time to heal. You should rest, avoid strenuous activities and take any antibiotics as prescribed by your oral surgeon.
Another crucial part of the healing process involves eating a diet full of nutritious foods. Here are the types of foods you should be eating to boost your healing after your oral procedure.
FRUITS AND VEGETABLES
Fruits and vegetables contain many of the essential vitamins and minerals you need to aid in healing and prevent infection. The way you eat them, however, is just as important as that you eat them.
Avoid eating them raw (unless they are naturally soft, like bananas), especially if they are particularly hard or crunchy (such as carrots and whole apples). Instead, make sure to cook them until they are soft.
Steam them or roast them (rather than boiling, which will cause the nutrients to leech into the water). And when you are ready to eat them, make sure that they are not too hot, as overly hot foods can damage a sensitive surgical site. Alternately, you can blend fruits and vegetables into smoothies or put them through a juicer.
Dairy products, such as milk, yogurt and cheese, contain calcium, which is essential for bone strength. And if your oral procedure included working on bone (such as a graft), regaining the strength of your jawbone is important. If you are lactose intolerant, or maintain a vegan diet, look for products that are fortified with calcium, such as non-dairy nut milks.
Protein helps your body to rebuild itself. Be sure to incorporate plenty of it into your diet. Go for lean cuts of meat that are easy to chew, such as chicken, salmon, trout, soft cooked eggs and tofu.
You can also incorporate protein into your smoothies by way of protein powder. Eating, and eating well, is important for healing. Contact our office to learn more about what you can eat to help boost your healing.