Treating jaw pain is a journey. Even though jaw surgery is a major milestone along this path to wellness, the journey doesn’t end there. As you wait for your jaw to heal, you’ll have to be particular about the things you eat. But that doesn’t mean you won’t be able to enjoy good food. Take a look at these tips that could help you enjoy food while you heal from jaw surgery.
Liquid Diet and Supplemental Beverages
How long you’ll have to take up a liquid diet will depend on the type of jaw surgery you had performed and whether your jaw had to be wired in place for healing. But in the first few days at least, you’ll have to stick with a liquid diet.
Here are a few ideas for making the most of your meals when you’re on a liquid diet:
· Stick to beverages that can be easily sucked through a straw
· Try yogurt drinks, smoothies blended with yogurt, milkshakes enriched with protein, creamy soups or chunky soups you’ll puree before eating.
· Aim for variety by pureeing several drinks with different ingredients instead of blending them all together for a one-note meal.
As your jaw heals, your meal options will open up and you can switch from a liquid diet to enjoying soft foods.
Here’s a look at some of the many soft foods you’ll likely be able to comfortably eat as your jaw starts to heal:
· Pasta, cooked past al dente
· Casseroles cooked until vegetables and any meat is delicate
· Fished cooked until delicate and flakey
· Yogurt or pudding with soft fruit
· Baked or mashed potatoes
· Sandwiches with soft bread and soft fillings
There’s much more that you’ll be able to enjoy as your jaw heals. Your dental staff will also make plenty of recommendations for you before and after your surgery.
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