A nutritious and energy producing diet is necessary for good healing and general health. There is a limit to the amount of fluid or semi-fluid that can be ingested comfortably at any meal. Therefore, to maintain a sufficient intake of protein and calories, it is necessary to feed at frequent intervals. For the first few days, you will only be able to manage fluids through a straw. With practice, you will be able to force semisolid foods through the spaces between and around your teeth.
After each meal, rise your mouth thoroughly with warm water and a (Scope, Listerine, Lavoris, Colgate, Chloraseptic, Micrin) mouthwash. Use a soft child-size toothbrush (Oral B20, Oral B Sulcus, Pycopay) or a water pic to remove debris from the wires and teeth.
A liquid diet does not always meet all the essential requirements, so it will be necessary to supplement each meal with one serving of any one of the following Sustagen, Meritene, Nutrament, Ovaltine or Carnation Instant Breakfast. Occasionally, the doctor will prescribe a liquid vitamin supplement. This should be taken as directed. Alcoholic beverages which may cause vomiting should be avoided. An electric blender will facilitate preparation of the semisolid food.
You should experience no trouble if you follow the instructions and suggestions as outlined.
In the event of extreme pain, uncontrollable bleeding, or any unusual disturbances, telephone this office immediately at 703-444-4400 for additional information or further treatment.
Our interest in your care does not cease with the completion of the operation. If any difficulty arises at any time, please telephone or return for treatment.