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What Not to Eat Before the Dentist?

man smiling sitting in dental chairIf you have an upcoming dental appointment, you may wonder what you should avoid eating before you come in. While there are no hard and fast rules, there are a few guidelines that can help make your visit more pleasant for both you and your dentist.

Be Mindful of What You Eat

If you’re coming in for a regular check-up and cleaning, some patients prefer not to eat odourous foods like garlic and onions. It’s not that your dentist will mind—we’ve seen it all! But we understand that you might feel self-conscious about it. So, if you’d rather skip the strong-smelling foods before your appointment, go ahead.

Be Careful With Gas-Inducing Foods

Fizzy drinks and spicy food can cause gas, which could lead to discomfort during your appointment. Remember, you’ll be lying down with your mouth open for a while. To make your experience as comfortable as possible, it might be best to save the soft drinks and spicy tacos for after your visit.

Avoid Overeating

Overeating before your appointment can also cause discomfort. When you’re full, lying back in the dentist’s chair might not feel so great. A light meal or snack is usually a better choice.

Specific Treatments Might Require Specific Guidelines

If you are coming in for a specific treatment, our team will advise you in advance about any eating restrictions. Some procedures might require you to fast, while others might only need you to avoid certain types of food. Rest assured, we’ll guide you through it all.

While there are no strict dietary rules before a dental visit, being mindful of your consumption can make a difference in your comfort and confidence during your appointment. Our tips are meant to help you feel at ease—your dentist won’t judge you based on what you ate before your visit!

If you have any questions or would like to schedule an appointment, please give our practice a call.


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