Soft food diet
How long is a soft food diet recommended?
Following oral surgery it may be difficult to eat, as jaw and throat muscles may be sore. A soft food diet is recommended for 3 to 5 days following surgery, along with plenty of fluid consumption. A regular diet can usually be resumed after 5 to 7 days or when it can be comfortably managed.
What to Avoid
Small foods like rice, peas, seeds or nuts that can easily become trapped in the operative site(s).
Hot drinks/soup until local anesthesia, or “freezing”, has worn off approximately 2 to 8 hours following the procedure. When “frozen” it may be more difficult to swallow liquids or medication – take small sips of water.
Do not use straws for a minimum of 24 hours following surgery, as this may dislodge the blood clot.