Periodontal disease, genetics, aggressive tooth brushing, poor oral hygiene, hormonal changes, tobacco use, bruxism, and malocclusion are all causes of receding gums. Receding gums should be treated as soon as possible to avoid further damage to the tooth and surrounding bone structures that can result in tooth loss. In many cases, gum graft surgery is the best solution to this problem.
There are three different types of gum graft surgery, but they each consist of the same steps. Before starting the procedure, the dentist will apply a local anesthetic to numb the area around the exposed tooth or teeth. The dentist will remove tissue from the roof of the mouth, from other parts of your gum, or source the tissue from a tissue bank and stitch the tissue to the exposed root.
To successfully recover from gum graft surgery, a person should follow these guidelines:
· Avoid brushing and flossing the treatment site
· Use a dentist-recommended mouthwash
· Take antibiotics
· Avoid exercise
· Avoid smoking
Additionally, people who undergo gum graft surgery should prescribe to a soft-food, nutritious diet. Continue reading to learn the best foods to eat after gum graft surgery.
Vegetables are made up of essential vitamins and minerals like iron, magnesium, calcium, and protein that will aid in a person’s recovery after gum graft surgery. It’s not a good idea to eat raw, crunchy vegetables that could injure the treatment area. Steaming and roasting vegetables will soften them before eating so the patient can enjoy all the benefits of the vegetables without the risks.
A great way to ensure you eat enough vegetables is to cut them all up in one day (before surgery), put them in Ziplock bags or Tupperware, and take them out when you’re ready to cook them. You can simply place them on a cooking sheet, add seasoning, and stick them in the oven, or steam them on the stove. This will drastically cut down on your time in the kitchen while you heal!
In addition to vegetables, fruit provides vitamins and minerals like vitamin C, vitamin K, antioxidants, and anti-inflammatory properties to help our bodies heal. To experience these benefits, eat soft fruits, such as:
· Ripe mangos
· Ripe pears
These fruits are an easy go-to snack between meals!
Smoothies are a great way to fill your stomach and receive numerous nutrients. Simply start with your preferred type of milk, add whatever fruits and vegetables you like, and top it off with ice. Blend it all together and enjoy a nutritious meal.
It’s important to remember NOT to use a straw when consuming these beverages. The sucking motion could delay healing by dislodging a blood clot or causing strain on the surgical site.
Need ideas for your smoothie or want to try something new? Check out these recipes:
Strawberry Banana Smoothie
Blend the following ingredients together for about two minutes:
· ¾ cup of strawberries
· 1 banana
· ½ cup of milk of choice
· ½ cup of ice
Spinach and Avocado Smoothie
Add the following ingredients to a blender, add ice if desired, and blend until smooth:
· ½ cup of milk of choice
· 2 pitted, soft dates (can substitute for honey or maple syrup)
· 2 cups of spinach
· ¼ of a ripe avocado
· 1 frozen banana
Place these ingredients in a blender, and blend until smooth:
· 1 cup of milk of choice
· 1 small banana
· 1/3 cup of berries
· Protein powder