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Spring is just around the corner and many patients are preparing to have their wisdom teeth removed over their Spring Break.  As a provider of oral surgery in Walnut Creek, we are asked a lot of questions about dietary restrictions after the procedure. We suggest a soft diet for one week.

First 24 hours

NO STRAW FOR THE FIRST 24 HOURS Refrain from using a straw, because the sucking action can cause excess strain, dislodge the newly formed blood clot and delay your recovery.

Here are some suggestions of foods to try:

  • Smoothies

Drinking a smoothie after oral surgery is an excellent way to make sure that you are getting all of your daily vitamins, minerals and even protein that your body needs for healing. A simple recipe like 1 cup unsweetened almond milk. 1 cup berries (avoid seeds), 1 banana, frozen, 1/2 cup plain Greek yogurt and 2 scoops of Vanilla Protein Powder can really help with hunger and energy level and it doesn’t require any chewing. Check out all kinds of great smoothie recipes by visiting:  http://www.doctoroz.com/recipe-collection/protein-shake-recipes

  • Snacks

Pudding, Jell-O, applesauce, custard, oatmeal, cream of wheat, yogurt, popsicles, milkshakes, and ice cream are some great options of soft snacks. We suggest buying single servings to make things convenient.

Click the link for a healthy recipe for oatmeal

Day 2-7

  • Eggs

Eggs are a great source of high-quality protein, along with iron, vitamins, minerals, and carotenoids. The egg is a powerhouse of disease-fighting nutrients like lutein and zeaxanthin. Any style egg from scrambled to hard boiled eggs is easy to make and chew.

  • Potatoes

Sweet potatoes or mashed are both great options that will surely fill you up. Sweet potatoes are incredibly healthy for you and they are easy to cook, just bake and eat. Mashed potatoes may take a little more time in the kitchen but, are also another great option.

Foods to avoid after surgery:

It is important to remember that avoiding foods that are acidic and foods that could potentially irritate the gums or require significant amounts of force to chew is the key in a prompt recovery. Avoid crunchy and chewy foods like popcorn, nuts, sunflower seeds, rice, or taffy for approximately 4-6 weeks to allow time for the area to completely heal.

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