If you recently had oral surgery, you are likely on the path to recovery. The healing process is not always easy following tooth extractions or dental implants, however. Often, the process is quite painful and frankly, a little bothersome as well. One of the most bothersome things you might experience after oral surgery is pain and one of the ways pain is exacerbated is when the surgery site is disrupted, injured or becomes infected. The majority of patients who end up with infection or pain, end up there because they switched to eating foods after surgery that were not recommended. When food debris gets into the sockets or near stitches at a surgical site, especially when a patient does not use an irrigation syringe to rinse out the sockets after eating, the sockets can quickly fill with bacteria and become infected.
In order to make sure you do not get any pain after surgery and throughout your healing process, one of the best things you can do is make sure you are avoiding certain food. In case you are uncertain, here are a few types of food to avoid following dental surgery.
- Abrasive foods such as popcorn, chips or pretzels. These foods have sharp edges and can break off into sharp little pieces that can get lodged in your socket or painfully poke your gums or surgical site. This will set back your healing time significantly, plus, a popcorn kernel stuck in a socket would be highly uncomfortable.
- Chewy foods like candy, gum, caramel or other sticky substances. Following surgery, you will likely have a few stitches in your mouth and the last thing you want to do is eat something that will pull them out prematurely. Not only will it cause a lot of pain and bleeding, but it will hinder your healing time as well.
- “Big-bite” foods such as burgers, pizza or burritos- While it may seem like these foods are more safe because they are softer and have less rough or sharp edges, the reality is that chewing too much or opening your mouth too wide can exhaust your jaw, loosen your stitches or impact food into your sockets, all of which are detrimental to the healing process.
- Though it is not a food, you should also completely avoid smoking while healing from your Peak OMS surgery. Smoking generally causes oral pain, however the painkillers used to treat oral pain will not do anything to suppress the pain that smoking will cause.
In order to heal at your fastest, stay away from the above food and instead, opt for soft or liquid foods as long as possible. If you feel like you MUST eat solid foods, opt for soft fruit or bread, try to chew on the side of your mouth away from the surgical site and remember to immediately use an irrigation syringe to flush out the sockets and your mouth afterwards.
If you follow these tips, you should heal quickly and be back to your normal routine in no time.