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After sitting in a dentist’s chair for what can seem like hours, the last thing you want to think about is eating boring foods that will leave you feeling hungry.
One key way to help minimize that pain and ensure optimal recovery is to eat soft, nutritious foods that contain high levels of protein, vitamins, and minerals.
What Are the Benefits of Eating Soft Foods?
Eating soft foods right after surgery can speed up the healing process by building and repairing muscle, skin, and tissue, as well as fighting off infections.
After wisdom teeth removal surgery, root canals or tooth extractions, it is critical to aid your body with nutritious foods that are low in sugar.
What Are the Best Five Soups to Eat?
Soup is a great option right after dental work because it is easy to eat, rich in nutrients, and keeps you hydrated.
Soup should be served at a warm to lukewarm temperature so it doesn’t irritate the wound.
Here are 5 of the best soups to eat after dental work:
1. Creamy Tomato Basil Parmesan Soup
After undergoing oral surgery to remove your wisdom teeth, a creamy tomato basil soup with parmesan will help you reach recovery sooner, and heal the freshly open wounds by regulating blood pressure and bolstering heart health.
This is one of the simplest soup recipes on the list but holds the most flavor.
2. Curry Pumpkin Soup
Tis’ the season for everything pumpkin, so what better way to recover from root canal surgery than with a bowl of soup that has fall written all over it.
This curry pumpkin soup is bursting with flavor. It will also speed up your healing process by ensuring that your immune system is in top shape from plenty of vitamin A.
3. Creamy Roasted Garlic Cauliflower Soup
Cauliflower, a superfood because of its nutrient-rich content, will provide healthy antioxidants to ensure a smooth recovery.
This creamy roasted garlic cauliflower soup is a great option after any oral surgery.
4. Broccoli Cheddar Soup
Who doesn’t love a bowl of smooth broccoli cheddar soup?
A great source of vitamins C and K, this broccoli cheddar soup takes under 30 minutes to make and will encourage optimal healing.
5. Cream of Hatch Green Chile Soup
No collection of soup recipes would be complete without adding Hatch green chile to the list! Cream of green chile soup provides a great source of iron and potassium as well as vitamins A and C (green chile can contain up to six times the amount of vitamin C as a single orange!).
Green chile is also loaded with the antioxidant beta-carotene that supports the immune system and fights against free radicals to prevent damage to the cells and tissues.
This recipe is sure to excite your taste buds even after a long day at the dentist.
Of course, incorporating some fire-roasted Hatch green chile (without the seeds) will add a delicious New Mexico flavor to any of these dishes.
What Are Alternative Soft Food Options?
Soups are not for everyone, but maintaining a soft-food diet can include other options as well.
Other recommendations by the American Dental Association include:
- Mashed potatoes
- Scrambled eggs
- Protein shakes
- Apple sauce
What Foods Should I Avoid?
- Spicy foods – mild Hatch green or red chiles (without the seeds) are just fine
- Sugary foods
- Junk food
Have More Questions?
If you would like more information about good recovery foods or would like to schedule a consultation with one of our dental professionals, call our office in Las Cruces, New Mexico, at 575-524-3722.