One of the hardest habits to change after dental surgery is a safe, soft food diet. It can be hard to find satisfying foods to eat after wisdom teeth removal, gum grafting or a temporary crown. The food must be soft and easy to eat, but since healing can take a few days it is also important that we not tire of our menu options. Here are some foods and liquids to stock up on before surgery and keep around while you are healing.
REMEMBER – No straws! Sucking through a straw after dental surgery can remove the blood clot that forms over your wound and heals the area.
Avocado, mashed or pieces mixed with salt, lime or honey
Baby Food (A quick, easy puree)
Baked Beans and Spaghetti (cooked and pureed)
Baked Potato, French Fries, Hashbrowns
Broth (chicken, beef or vegetable)
Casseroles – soft and well cooked with plenty of liquid!
Cheese (soft, grated or melted)
Chicken (Ground or Shredded)Chili
Cottage Cheese (plain or mixed with jellies)
Custard (Made fresh or pre-made)
Dips (Tzatziki, French onion, hummus, and guacamole)
Fish (Tuna or lox)
Fruit (Sliced Banana, Blueberries, Grapes, Kiwi, Strawberry, Pears, Plum, Watermelon)
Ice Cream (avoid nuts)
Jello / Jelly (quintessental get-well food)
Juice (Fresh squeezed fruit of vegetables) NO STRAWS!
Macaroni & Cheese
Marshmallows (the mini ones)
Mashed Potato (Sweet Potatos too!)
Meatloaf or Meatballs
Noodles / Pastas
Nut butters (well ground)
Oatmeal (Mix with honey, syrup, or mashed bananas)
Pudding (Tapioca too!)
Ramen (well cooked with veggies or meat)
Sloppy Joe Meat (no bun)
Soup (the less chewy, the better)
Smoothies ( mix fruit, milk, yogurt or ice cream in a blender
Soaked Cookies (soak in milk – yes, we are thinking Oreos too!)
Sweet breads (Donuts, muffins or cupcakes)
Tea (warm, not hot. Tannin in tea helps reduce bleeding)
Tofu (Mashed or cubed. Serve with soy sauce)
Tuna (mix with pesto, yogurt or dressing)
Vegetables (cooked soft and mashed)
Waffles (softened with juice or milk)
Yogurt (avoid flavors with seeds)
So, what do you think? Is there anything else I can add to the list of soft foods after dental surger? Let me know in the comments below or on Facebook! We’d love to hear from you.
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