Nutrition plays a key role in your recovery process; and our oral surgeon and team want to make sure you get the right amount. Finding the right amount of balanced nutrition may be difficult because it is hard to eat around the surgical site in your mouth. Luckily, we have a few recommendations to help you through the first while after your procedure.
Be sure to use the food pyramid to determine the amount of balanced ingredients you should intake a day. Remember to not consume raw eggs so as to avoid salmonella. It would also be a good idea to have convenient foods at hand, such as baby food, canned soups, fruits or vegetables, nutritional supplements or pre-pared meals at home. If you have a milk or lactose allergy, you can use regular lactaid-brands and lactose-free nutritional supplements, and even soy-based frozen desserts in place of ice cream. If you need to make foods softer for consumption, you can always use a blender.
Be sure to eat enough calories to maintain your weight while you heal. Your body needs to save the protein you intake for healing instead of using it for energy.
Calculating Your Protein Intake
If you need to calculate the amount of protein you need, use this equation:
Your weight × .45 = needed amount
(pounds) × (grams of needed protein) = total grams needed per day
You can determine the amount of protein servings in grams, as well as other nutritional facts on food labels. Remember to consider the number of servings. For foods without labels, these food items below provide approximately eight grams of protein:
- 2 tbsp. peanut butter, or other type of nut butter
- 1 oz cheese
- 1 egg
- 1 cup whole milk, soy milk, yogurt or ice cream
- 1/3 cup nonfat dry milk or protein powder
- 4 oz tofu
Be sure to call Ali Alijanian, DDS at 925-934-7888 if you need any recommendations about your diet after your oral surgery in Walnut Creek, California.