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The Best Foods to Choose after Oral Surgery

Did you know that your diet after oral surgery could affect the way you recover? To help you heal properly, follow these helpful diet tips from affordable dental care experts.


Dairy foods have been known and shown to promote dental health, which has made them very popular with dentists for decades. That’s because dairy foods are high in the calcium, vitamins, and minerals essential to healthy teeth and bones. And studies continue to show how dairy foods contribute to strong, healthy teeth. While numerous dairy foods are considered to be soft foods, oral surgeons agree that these are the best after oral surgery:

  • Skim milk
  • Cottage cheese
  • Ricotta cheese
  • Non-fat, low-fat and sugar-free yogurts
  • Yogurt-based smoothies

Lean Protein

For your body to function properly, you need plenty of protein. That’s why oral surgeons advise that you pick protein over other foods after oral surgery. While there’s a long list of protein sources, oral surgeons recommend choosing types low in fat, salt, sugar, and chemical preservatives. And if you’re concerned about the cost of lean meats, consider some vegetarian protein sources as an affordable dental care option. After oral surgery, your dentist in Allentown may also recommend staying away from spices and softening firm meats in the blender to avoid disrupting healing. Using these guidelines, choose these top lean proteins to eat after oral surgery:

  • Chicken
  • Turkey
  • Fish and shellfish
  • Lean beef
  • Scrambled eggs
  • Beans
  • Tofu
  • Nut butters

Healthy Beverages

Liquids are key to proper hydration, but they’re also good for dental health. Drinking lots of liquids after oral surgery will promote healthy healing, keep your mouth moist, and wash away any plaque-causing particles. But it’s vital to drink the right types of liquids to promote and protect dental health. After having oral surgery, these are sources of protein that your dentist in Allentown will recommend:

  • Plain water
  • Caffeine-free green tea
  • Vegetable juices
  • Fruit juices diluted with water to lower sugar

To learn about our family dentistry practice in Allentown, call Gentle Dental of Allentown today at (610) 616-3593 or make an appointment.

Gentle Dental offers affordable family dentistry and gentle, compassionate dental care in Allentown. With 11 affiliated practices in the Greater Philadelphia area, our offices are conveniently located with extended hours to meet your needs. At Gentle Dental of Allentown, we provide most dental services, from basic preventative care and general dentistry to specialized procedures and complete dental reconstruction. We accept most dental insurance plans and offer affordable financial solutions for any budget. Patient satisfaction is our top priority and we strive to provide the exceptional, affordable dental care and personal touch that lead to lasting relationships. A smiling patient is our greatest reward and we look forward to keeping those smiles healthy, beautiful, and bright. Discover an affordable dentist who truly cares at Gentle Dental of Allentown.

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