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  • By The Doctors of The Center for Cosmetic & Family Dentistry
  • July 13, 2016
  • 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. Milkshakes will only get you so far in recovery, anyway.

    Many foods can be troublesome after dental surgery or extensive dental work. Ask Dr. Dennis Lichorwic, Dr. Julia Skinner, and Dr. Stephanie Baya for their recommendation about specific foods and for how long you should avoid them. Center for Cosmetic and Family Dentistry in Destin and Panama City can be an especially helpful resource for patients navigating what to eat after dental restoration services.

    Here’s an idea, if you can’t eat those potato chips anyway, consider your dental recovery days as a chance to make healthier choices. Below are soft food ideas that will treat your mouth and your body well.

    Breakfast

    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.

    But if you’re feeling more on the savory side, scrambled eggs with cheese are a safe and satisfying option for the moments that you crave substance after dental work.

    Lunch

    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 enjoy bread on the side, if you dip it into the broth, making it easier to chew.

    Snacking

    Smoothies are always good for the sweet tooth snacker. Just be sure to avoid fruits with seeds. Also be sure to add sugar-free yogurt for protein and healthy calories.

    Dinner

    If you are a meat-and-potatoes person, missing your meat and potatoes, 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.

    If you need important dental work, call Dr. Dennis Lichorwic, Dr. Julia Skinner, and Dr. Stephanie Baya to schedule an appointment, and then start making that healthy grocery list.

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