Most of us know the feeling of a numb mouth all too well. We also know just how difficult it can be to eat or drink while you’re waiting to get your feeling back. Finding comfortable foods can get even more difficult after certain dental procedures, such as wisdom teeth removal or dental implant placement. Luckily, your dentist in McMinnville has a recipe book full of easy-to-eat foods after a dental procedure.
This cold favorite is popular for those who just had their tonsils removed, but it can also be great following dental procedures that may leave you feeling a little sore. The softness of the ice cream is easy to chew or simply let melt in your mouth. Pair that with the comforting cooling effect and it’s a great way to get relief while also treating yourself to a delicious snack.
For our lactose-intolerant patients or for those looking to take a break from ice cream, Jell-O is another great food to eat after dental treatment. It’s easy to make, it’s cheap, and it comes in a rainbow of flavors sure to fit any palate. Plus, like ice cream, it’s cold so it can help reduce inflammation and ease discomfort.
If you’re looking for an option that feels less like a snack and more like something you’d have with a meal, mash up some potatoes. Either a regular russet potato or even a savory sweet potato will help give you healthy nutrients, fuel your body, and make you feel a little bit full. Your dentist in McMinnville is a fan of sweet potatoes because they have anti-inflammatory properties that can be good for oral health.
Another delicious and comforting option that comes in many flavors is soup. Whether you choose a broth or the classic chicken noodle, make sure all of the ingredients are soft and easy to chew. A big bowl of vegetable-loaded soup can make you feel as if you ate a complete meal and give your body all the nutrients veggies provide. There is one thing to note, however. If you’re recovering from wisdom teeth surgery, make sure your soup is warm and not really hot. Things that are too hot can actually make the healing process longer and more complicated.
While fish isn’t necessarily the first thing you think of when trying to find something to eat, it’s a great option following dental treatment. Fish like tuna and salmon are very soft and very easy to chew. Plus, they’re packed with healthy fats that are good for any diet.
Besides eating foods that are soft and easy to chew, if you even need to chew them at all, it’s also important to make sure you’re drinking enough water. Try your best to drink 64 ounces of water every day to keep your body and mouth healthy and hydrated.
Nobody necessarily wants to have dental treatment, but it’s more common than you may realize. But choosing the best dentist in McMinnville for your needs can make all of the difference. If you know you’re in need of dental treatment or it’s simply been more than six months since you have been to the dentist, we welcome you to give us a call to schedule an appointment today.