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If you have sore and tender gums or teeth whether from braces, oral surgery, or even treatment such as radiation therapy, you will want to make sure you eat carefully during your recovery. Choose food and beverages to speed healing by not irritating an already sensitive mouth.

Turn to your blender or food processor to help you eat smaller, softer pieces. Make sure you eat small amounts at a time, even using a baby spoon if necessary, and cut your food into tiny pieces. Cook food until it is soft, and if it is dry you can add moisture using butter, margarine, gravy or sauce.

Foods to Eat:
–Dry, rough foods like granola, or toast and crackers
–Spicy or salty foods
–Raw vegetables that are crunchy like celery and carrots
–Tomatoes or tomato juice or other acidic food like oranges, grapefruits, lemons or limes

Foods to Avoid:
–Pureed meats or vegetables
–Macaroni and cheese
–Mashed potatoes and noodles
–Applesauce and bananas
–Puddings and gelatin
–Oatmeal and other cooked cereal
–Milkshakes and smoothies
–Scrambled eggs
–Yogurt and cottage cheese

To aid in speedy recovery, be sure and stay well hydrated. Dry mouth is a condition where saliva production is down, and saliva helps prevent tooth decay by neutralizing acids from bacteria in the mouth. Saliva works by limiting bacterial growth and washing away food particles. Water is your best choice for hydration, and you can sip it throughout the day without worrying about adding bacteria to teeth and gums. Unsweetened drinks like milk, club soda or herbal teas are also safe choices. Drinks should not be icy or hot to avoid irritating sensitive tissue. If your gums or mouth is sore, you can rinse with warm water frequently.

At Foster Dental we wish you a speedy recovery and are here to help if you have questions or concerns. Call us at 718-673-8060 today!