A picture of four different soft foods.

After a dental surgery procedure, one might experience feelings of being overwhelmed with sticking to their treatment plan, especially regarding what foods to eat after dental surgery. Although we all love our crunchy foods, sticking to a diet consisting of soft foods is the best option after dental work, such as teeth removal, implants, veneers, or dental bonding. As a note, one should always follow post-surgery or dental work instructions prescribed by their dentist or dental surgeon for a seamless recovery.

Soft Foods To Eat After Dental Surgery

The American Dental Association has compiled a list of foods to eat after dental surgery. The list includes the best foods to eat after various surgeries or dental work procedures. Comprehensive lists for many standard types of dental work are available, from oral implants to canker sores to chewing difficulties (an excellent idea for individuals suffering from TMJ).

Soft foods allow an individual to heal and recover from any dental work or dental surgery. A soft food diet reduces irritation and excessive biting. Oral irritation and biting can open wounds and prevent the teeth and jaw from healing correctly. 

15 Soft Foods To Eat After Dental Surgery

  • Mashed potatoes
  • Scrambled eggs
  • Oatmeal
  • Soup with soft or pureed vegetables
  • Smoothies or milkshakes
  • Sorbet or frozen yogurt
  • Applesauce
  • Cooked or mashed vegetables
  • Mashed bananas or other fruits
  • Jello
  • Mashed avocado
  • Polenta
  • Tofu
  • Soft-cooked rice
  • Soft bread

For more ideas, check out the complete list from Mouth Healthy. Before going to an oral surgery appointment, make sure to stock up on plenty of soft foods. One does not want to run out of soft foods during the recovery time after an oral surgery procedure.

Foods To Avoid

Although it is difficult to avoid food that we love, it is necessary for proper healing of the teeth and jaw. Avoiding foods such as:

  • Chips
  • Hard candy
  • Cereals
  • Raw vegetables
  • Raw apples
  • Spicy foods
  • Popcorn
  • Pretzels
  • Steak, chicken, or deli meat (as they are difficult to chew)

Additionally, once an individual has the green light to eat hard and crunchy foods again, one should slowly incorporate hard food into their daily diet.

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