What to Eat and Drink After Oral Surgery

After oral surgery, it is common to feel a sense or soreness or weakness in your jaw.  Depending on the severity of your surgical procedure this feeling may last for a few hours or a few days.  Additionally, as a result of the anesthesia, patients will often maintain a feeling of nausea for at least a few hours after the procedure has been completed.  Considering all of this, food may not be much of a concern.

However, nourishing your body is one of the most important things that you can do at this time.  Your body is generally weak after surgery and will be in need of nutrients to help it function.  Making sure to give your body what it needs will not only help it heal faster, but will also help you feel better.

Spicy, sweet, crunchy, or sticky foods should be avoided after oral surgery.  Mechanically speaking, your sore jaw will have a difficult time chewing these items.  Moreover, these foods can also affect the healing process causing additional pain and discomfort.

Instead, soft foods are the way to go as they are easily swallowed.  Soups, smoothies, and gelatin for example shouldn’t irritate your mouth and may in fact sooth your throat as swallowed.

It is also important to consider the intake of vitamins and minerals at this time.  Prepare drinks like “Ensure” are packed with important nutrients that your body requires to function.  These drinks are easy to swallow and are good for you.

If you have any additional questions regarding what to eat after your oral surgery, be sure to ask your dentist for more information.