For the first several weeks following corrective jaw surgery, you’ll likely be restricted to a liquid diet. After that, you’ll still have to stick to a soft food diet for several more weeks. To most patients, this sounds pretty bland and boring.
You won’t be able to chew much, but that doesn’t mean you can’t eat a wide variety of tasty and nutritious soft foods. In fact, you can enjoy many mouthwatering meals during your jaw surgery recovery that will also help meet your nutritional needs.
Delicious Breakfast Foods for Jaw Surgery Recovery
Smoothies are a great choice for breakfast during the surgical recovery period. Try combining different fruits and veggies, and add some Greek yogurt or peanut butter for a protein boost. You can also blend in other healthy ingredients, such as flaxseed, oats and unsweetened cocoa powder.
Not a fan of smoothies? Try a smashed banana, smeared with nut butter. Or go for soft scrambled eggs, adding some ricotta or cheddar cheese for more flavor.
Cooked cereals, including oatmeal and cream of wheat, are also good breakfast choices. Try stirring in a dollop of pureed fruit, a few spices or some peanut butter for variety.
Flavorful Soft Foods to Enjoy at Lunch and Dinner
Cooking shows often feature vegetable purees in recipes. Why not make your own? Mashed potatoes are a no-brainer, but you can also puree many other healthy veggies, including carrots, cauliflower, squash, onions and bell peppers. All you need to do is roast them on a sheet pan in the oven, then blend with some vegetable stock and seasonings.
Polenta, couscous, risotto and refried beans can also make for a healthy — and tasty — lunch or dinner after jaw surgery. Many different recipes are available online, so you can switch up the flavor to keep from getting bored.
Pasta dishes may also work well for you, although you’ll need to increase cooking time to make the noodles softer. Creamy rice casseroles and tender, flaky fish are other lunch and dinner options to consider, all packed with vital nutrients.
Satisfying Your Sweet Tooth After Corrective Jaw Surgery
You don’t have to worry about missing out on sweets after surgery, as there are tons of delicious soft dessert foods to help you through the recovery period.
Ice cream, sherbet, frozen yogurt and gelato are popular choices, but be sure to avoid the chunky varieties. Or, opt for pudding, mousse or cheesecake in your favorite flavors.
You can also eat some baked soft foods during the surgical recovery period. Tender, moist muffins and cakes can melt in your mouth, and fudgy brownies (without nuts, of course) may be soft enough for you to eat.
As your ability to clean your teeth and gums is diminished after jaw surgery, your oral surgeon will likely recommend limiting the amount of sweets that you consume. After all, the sugars they contain can lead to tooth decay and gum disease. So while you need not deprive yourself, indulge in limited quantities.
Contact the professional team at Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery of Utah today for even more tips and advice for a smoother recovery period after your corrective jaw surgery.