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Soft Foods

Preparing for a Post-Dental-Treatment Soft-Foods Diet

Undergoing a dental treatment that involves a significant recovery time can be stressful enough without worrying about what you’ll be able to eat following the procedure. Thankfully, with some planning ahead, you can be prepared with a soft diet that won’t aggravate your tender mouth or cause issues with dental work. A soft diet consists of foods that are easy to chew and swallow and how long you’ll have to be on it depends on the type of dental procedure you’ve undergone.

Types of soft diets

Soft diets consist of two main types. One type is usually medically recommended and a way of life that resembles a regular diet but doesn’t have fiber, spices or fatty foods. The other type of soft diet is a temporary measure called a mechanical soft diet that’s done mainly for comfort during recovery. This type of soft diet can include any foods you want as long as it’s softened through mashing or puree.

Planning a soft diet

When you know you’ll need to be on a soft diet after a dental treatment, planning ahead is a good idea, as you may not want to fuss with preparing food immediately after the procedure. Stock up on soft foods including fruits, vegetables, breads, cereals, dairy products and meat, anything you think you can handle eating after it’s gone through a food processor or blender. If you have a smoothie maker, that’s a great way to get all your fruits, vegetables and even dairy together in one meal that’s easy to swallow. Another good way to eat vegetables is by cooking them until they’re soft enough to mash with a fork.

Foods to avoid

Although you can eat just about anything that appeals and that can be softened during a soft diet, some types of food don’t do well in food processors or blenders. These foods include crackers, nuts, snack foods and vegetables such as broccoli or cauliflower that don’t mash easily. Raw fruits, coconut, beef jerky and anything containing large meat chunks won’t do well as part of a soft diet, but as it’s only temporary, you can look forward to enjoying them later.

Have your soft diet tools ready

During a temporary soft diet, you need the right tools to make your meals such as a blender, food processor and/or smoothie maker. Before your dental treatment, look around online for recipes that fit in with your soft diet. Find foods that don’t require a lot of chewing and don’t have extreme temperatures such as ice cream or hot soup, as they can cause discomfort in your healing mouth.


If you have any questions regarding a mechanical soft diet following a dental procedure, you can always discuss them with our professionals at Dupont Dental. We want you to be comfortable before, during and after any dental treatment.

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Improve Your Overall Health by Improving Oral Health

The benefits of maintaining good oral hygiene with twice daily brushing and flossing at least once a day extend beyond just helping your teeth and gums. Improving your oral health has a positive impact on your overall health as everything within the body is connected. As research continues to reveal a link between gum disease and other health issues including heart disease and Alzheimer’s disease, it’s more important than ever to take care of your oral health.

Connection between heart disease and oral health

Research continues into the connection between heart disease and gum disease, and although nothing is 100% certain yet, there’s evidence linking the two. A person with gum disease is two times more likely to have heart disease than someone who doesn’t have gum disease. Having a high level of bacteria in the mouth from gum disease may also cause clogging in the arteries that can lead to stroke. The bacteria from bleeding gums can enter the bloodstream, forming clots that stick to blood platelets and this can lead to clogged arteries too. When inflammatory substances enter the bloodstream, it can complicate chronic health conditions including diabetes and heart disease. By practicing and improving daily oral hygiene, you can help protect your body from these health issues.

Connection between Alzheimer’s disease and oral health

Scientific studies continue to find probable links between gum disease and cognitive health. The NYU College of Dentistry ran a study that discovered that gum disease could increase the risk of cognitive dysfunction, not just in a healthy individual but also in those who already had cognitive impairment. A study in the United Kingdom uncovered bacterium associated with gum disease in brain samples of subjects with Alzheimer’s disease. There was no evidence of the bacterium in healthy brain samples. This indicates that bacteria moves through the body via nerves from tooth roots or through the bloodstream directly.

Prevention the best medicine

Preventing gum disease is the best way to avoid it leading to complications with heart disease, diabetes or Alzheimer’s disease. Improving oral health makes your body healthier too, and it’s easy to do by practicing good dental hygiene including:

  • Brushing at least twice a day and flossing at least once a day
  • Eating a healthy diet of fruits, vegetables, and whole foods with minimally processed foods
  • Visiting the dentist at least every six months for an exam and cleaning
  • Having routine annual checkups with a primary care doctor to look for issues such as heart disease and diabetes

It’s easiest to treat gum disease when the dentist finds it in its early stages, so it’s vital that you schedule and keep your regular dental visits with Dupont Dental. For help on further ways to improve your oral and overall health, contact our offices today.

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