You will need to get enough nutrition, which may be harder while you can't chew. You also need fluids to help prevent dehydration and nausea. Avoid milk products, refined sugar and other sweets, and carbonated beverages post operatively for at least 2 to 4 weeks to decrease mucous production, help prevent decalcification of the teeth, and minimize bacteria media.
Avoid caffeine products (i.e., coffee, tea, cokes, chocolate, etc) because this could cause muscle and nerve problems as well as increase pain levels.
Dietary supplements can be taken after surgery, but confer with Drs. Friedman, Payton, Cardenas or Lopez before beginning.
You will be on a puree diet following discharge and can usually progress to a soft diet within about 1 to 2 weeks. You will need to stay on a soft diet for approximately 3 to 4 months, or as directed by Drs. Friedman, Payton, Cardenas or Lopez. It takes 3 to 4 months for the jaw bones to adequately heal to withstand normal biting forces.
Do not use straws post operatively for the first 10 days, since the suction can stress the incisions in your mouth.
You can use a special feeding syringe (provided by the hospital), cup, glass, spoon or fork to get your fluids and food into your mouth.
Drink 8 glasses (8 ounces per glass) of water every day for 30 days after surgery
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