You did it! You got the consultation, booked the appointment, and you actually showed up on the big day. You saw the dentist and now all of that effort has left you hungry! The question is: what can you eat after having dental work done?
For some of us, it’s nostalgic to remember having a frozen treat after the dentist as kids, or attempting to say such bouncy words as “baby” with a numb jaw. However—depending on how extensive your dental work is—you will need to be cautious of what you consume in the days following major dental work. And milkshakes will only get you so far in recovery, anyway.
Here’s an idea; if you probably can’t eat those potato chips anyway, consider your dental recovery days a chance to make healthier choices. Below are soft food ideas that will treat your mouth and your body well.
For a warm breakfast, oatmeal topped with tiny pieces of cooked apple and cinnamon will be delightful enough to make you forget that you’re on a post-dental work diet.
If you are craving something more savory, try some scrambled eggs with cheese as a safe and satisfying option!
Lunchtime may be hard to navigate if you’re leaving out crunchy, chewy food. Try a healthy soup with small, well-cooked ingredients like sweet potato and lentil stew. You can even make bread easier to eat, by dipping it in the broth.
Smoothies are always good for the sweet tooth snacker. Just be sure to avoid fruits with seeds. Don’t forget to add sugar-free yogurt for protein and healthy calories.
If you are a meat-and-potatoes person, missing your hearty options, try roasting a variety of vegetables at dinnertime. Cut carrots, parsnips, squash, and zucchini into pieces of equal size; toss them in olive oil and seasonings and roast them slowly.