Gums Up: Nutrition for Healing After Gum Graft Surgery

This week, I decided to bite the bullet and have the gum graft surgery that I was assessed for last year. One graft done last year and two done this week! Yikes. What can I eat?  When your body goes through any kind of upset, like surgery, inflammation is going to ensue. Eating well is always important and the effects are important both in short and long term.  When your body has the nutrients it needs to do its job, it will respond with proper immune function.  You definitely want this prior to , during and after gum surgery.

The whole cast of players must show up. Protein, vitamins A, C, D, zinc and selenium are just some of the stars.  Remember we are all made up of cells and those cells are formed into tissue. To build healthy tissue you will need the building blocks. Where else are you going to get get any finer building blocks  than from nutritious food?  See links below for some of these star nutrients and their food sources.

And don’t feel that you are resigned to eating jello, ice cream and Kraft dinner for the week or two of healing.  Here are some of my favorite foods to eat that are soft and pack a tasty nutritional punch.

Canned baked beans (yum, favorites are Heinz or Our Compliments)

Canned peaches, pears or mandarin oranges

Oatmeal or Cream of Wheat with some ground flax

Frozen individual salmon fillets (Catch of the Day fav)



Eggs, egg whites, liquid eggs (Burnbrae or store-brand)

Super smoothie. Add some frozen fruit, yogurt, greens and a protein source like nut butter, silken tofu, protein powder or cottage cheese.

Well cooked carrots with some added fat of your choice is going to deliver lots of vitamin A and antioxidants.

Your gum tissues will love all of these foods and you will be on the road to recovery in no time.

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