I have to apologise for not being very active recently. But with the Malev Hungarian Airlines leaving the skies forever, our customer service team was very busy advising and developing new ways so our dental patients from abroad can reach their Hungarian dentists even more easily.
Anyway, yesterday I couldn’t resist having a quick breakfast at my favourite Hungarian cafe, when I spotted an old friend. He was on his mobile talking in a very strange way. When he finished the conversation I went over to greet him. He was glad to see me and straight away started explaining his experience with his dentist.
My friend (let’s call him Robert) is a mayor of a nice, little Hungarian village, he has been for over 15 years now. His teeth were okay, nothing fancy, sometimes he needed the odd filling or root canal, but that was it. Till one day he looked in the mirror and noticed how the enamel of his teeth started disappearing and the colour turning into a darker shade of grey. Well, as his job involves lots of networking and sometimes press appearance he decided to pay a visit to his dentist and ask about his options. The dentist suggested bridges for him for all of his upper teeth, explaining the health and the aesthetic benefits. Most appealing was the possible result of looking even younger, as the new teeth would look a lot whiter and sparkler.
So Robert decided to go for it all. But he had no idea of how many changes this process will bring into his life. He said the dentist started the work on his teeth early January and only 4 weeks later will do the fitting of the new crowns. During the 4 weeks he has to wear temporary teeth… those will not protect from the feeling of cold or hot, so the increased sensitivity due to grinding is present all the time. And the function of those teeth is also very limited. This is only natural, but I asked him who his dentist was. I never heard of her though…. Also advised, next time when he needs a dentist in Hungary get in touch with me, as our dentists would’ve done the job within 5 working days, saving him a whole month of temporary discomfort!
Anyway, this little conversation given me the idea of advising on food. Dental patients travel abroad for all sorts of dental treatments. Yes, the savings are great; in most cases aftercare is also offered. I can only advise on Hungary, as I know its medical developments and believe it offers the best for the foreign dental patients. Normally, there is a healing period for every dental treatment. When receiving new dental crowns or bridges it can be anywhere from 3 days to 10 days. When getting dental implant the healing period can be as much as 9 months. Even receiving teeth whitening could bring in some new rules in our life in terms of what we should and should not eat and drink.
When receiving dental crowns during the healing time dental patients are wearing the temporary teeth (3-10 days) should avoid hot or cold food or drink. Room temperature is the best. Also in most cases chewing is not an option. Whilst staying in Hungary I would highly recommend engaging with the soup culture. Soup plays big part in a Hungarian’s diet, as it is the first in a usually 2 course lunch meal. You have the watery soups, options with meat or vegetables only, as starters. The most popular ones are: gulyas soup, Jokai bableves (a special bean soup), borsoleves (pea soup) and cernametelt soup (thin pasta soup). And they have the thick soup types; they call them “fozelek”, as a main course. English patients find this quite funny.
Once one said: “OK, so if I have soup as a starter and thick soup as main, I dread asking what the dessert is…”
Eating during dental healing time
Anyway, it might seem all baby food but great option for those, who still wish to sample some delicious Hungarian cooking that does not require chewing.
Most restaurants in Hungary offer “menu of the day”, usually 2-3 a la carte options for about £3 per person, but also you can find soups and “fozelek” (thick soup) on traditional Hungarian Restaurant’s menus.