While having dental implants in Los Algodones, Tijuana or any other dental tourism hub of the world can help you save a lot of money, you will have to pay attention to your diet to ensure the longevity of your brand new teeth. You will be asked to remain on a soft food diet for 5 to 7 days after your dental implant procedure. And a soft food diet need not necessarily mean bland blenderized veggies or baby food.
Here is a guide to what you can have the first few days after your tooth implant surgery.
Dairy products such as soft cheeses, yogurt, and milk are ideal post-dental surgery diet options because of their consistency. Add fruits, spinach, bananas, kale and host of other things to milk or yogurt and blenderize them together to have a hearty and wholesome smoothie.
Fruits and Veggies
Ripe bananas, melons, peaches and pears are ideal to have during your soft diet phase. You can also include applesauce in your diet. Relatively harder fruits can be blenderized to reduce to a suitable consistency. Veggies can be steamed to make them suitable for your new set of teeth. Avoid eating fruits with tiny seeds such as strawberries and kiwis, as these may get stuck in gaps between your teeth.
Meats and Poultry
Red meats and poultry can be hard for your implants initially. Eggs are a great way to meet your nutritional requirements. And you can have them in a number of ways – boiled and mashed, scrambled, or as omelets. Fish is a great way to meet your nutritional needs too.
Beans are a great soft food option to fulfill your protein requirements. Cooked oatmeal, oatbran, and cream of wheat are other options from the grain group. To make them more flavorful you may add cinnamon, vanilla or pureed berries and bananas.
What not to eat?
- Hard and crunchy foods such as nuts, candies, and pretzels
- Foods that may get stuck in the teeth, such as popcorns and chips
- Foods that require you to chew a lot, such as gummies, raw veggies, and hard fruits
Dos and Don’ts
- Refrain from eating hot foods.
- Avoid using a straw the first few days after your dental surgery, as puckering your mouth may cause bleeding in the operated area.
- Do not probe the surgery area with your tongue.
- Avoid using a toothpick.
- Always eat wholesome foods which you can have comfortably.