Surgery is over and you’re hungry! If you have undergone dental surgery the doctor may put you on a non-chew diet. In today’s post I am going to cover some of the food items that constitute a non-chew diet. Although you may be tempted to use this opportunity as a chance to lose weight, it is very, very important that you work hard to get all of the nutrients, calories and protein that your body needs in order to heal. Below are some ways you can enjoy a non-chew diet, while providing your body with healing foods.
Non-Chew Diet Practices to Avoid
- It is very important that while you are free to drink liquids, alcohol is NOT included. The chances of the alcohol reacting with the prescribed drugs in your body and an empty stomach is too great. Finding yourself throwing up while trying to promote healing in your mouth is a very dangerous combination and not worth the risk.
- Avoid carbonated beverages.
- Avoid tobacco.
- Dr. Fitzgerald suggests Carnation Instant Breakfast. It is highly nutritious, tastes good and is easy to swallow.
- Straws are off limits for non-chew diets. The sucking action can produce tension and pressure in your mouth, compromising the dental work and healing process.
Non-Chew Diet Food Suggestions
- Baby food. This is a great way to get the pure nutrients and food groups your body needs in order to heal properly. You can also use a blender or a food processor to create your non-chew food out of the food in your kitchen.
- Milk and milk products of any kind.
- Smooth cereals like Cream of Wheat.
- Juice (fruit, vegetable)
- Chicken Broth
- Purred fruits and vegetables
- Diluted smooth mashed potatoes
- Milkshakes (you can add creamy peanut butter into these or fruit of any kind)
Before you follow any non-chew diet plan, first consult with your dental surgeon to make sure that your particular case lies within the boundaries of the above guidelines.