You Need to Make Sure You Go Back to a Normal Diet As Soon As Possible After Oral Surgery
Posted on 6/10/2019 by Dr McMurray
One of the instructions to follow after oral surgery is a soft food diet. Soft foods can help prevent any problems at the surgical site and can help with the initial healing of the site.
While a soft food diet is important for the first stage of recovery, it is not something to continue for a long period of time. It is just as important to return to a normal diet after oral surgery at the right time as it is to follow the soft food diet at the beginning.
What a Soft Food Diet Does
There is a reason for a soft food diet after oral surgery. Eating foods that are hard, sticky or chewy can cause damage to the surgical site. They can inhibit the healing process and make it take longer to recover. Despite the fact that you have to avoid certain types of foods after oral surgery, that does not mean your body does not have a need for the nutrition it gets from food. It is hard to give your body everything it needs when you only eat soft foods.
The Damage from a Soft Food Diet
While a soft food diet helps and makes sense after oral surgery, sticking with it too long could cause more damage than the surgery repaired. Your teeth, gums and jaws need exercise to remain healthy. They get that when you eat foods that require a little effort to eat. If you continue with a soft food diet, you will not get the exercise you need to maintain good oral health.
Soft foods also do not help keep your teeth clean. Harder foods can help scrub the teeth as you ear. The cleaner you keep your teeth and gums, the healthier they remain.
You follow a soft food diet after oral surgery to help the surgical site heal. That does not mean you should forget the rest of your oral health. That means you need to transition back to a normal diet as you go through the different stages of recovery from oral surgery.
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