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Foods You Can Eat After Having Dental Surgery:

With a little thought, planning and preparation, patients can have a good experience and a smooth recovery. One of the easiest ways to make sure the fridge and pantry are stocked with soft foods. Always follow your dentist’s instructions to avoid risk of infection but below are some ideas of foods to eat after extractions, implants and dental surgery, to support a smooth recovery:

27 Soft Foods to eat after oral surgery and dental work:

  • Apple Sauce
  • Yogurt
  • Soups
  • Eggs
  • Jell-o
  • Mushed up fruits such as bananas or Avocados
  • Well Cooked vegetables/Mushy Peas
  • Mashed Potatoes
  • Fish
  • Rice
  • Well cooked pasta
  • Smoothies (avoid seeds), Milk Shake, Jamba Juice (With a Spoon-NO STRAWS)
  • Oatmeal
  • Popsicles (after a few days no sucking motion)
  • Ice Cream
  • Pudding
  • Beans
  • Soup soaked bread
  • Tofu
  • Cottage Cheese
  • Hummus
  • Meatloaf
  • Tuna or Chicken Salad (no celery)
  • Deli meats

A Few DO’s and Don’ts


* DO-Drink lots of water

* If bleeding continues after an hour following surgery, you may try biting on a moist (not hot) black tea bag; to help with blood clotting

* Rinsing mouth out with water during the first 24 hours is OK but rinse gently. After 24 hours, rinsing with; warm salt water is an option: Make rinse by mixing 1 Tablespoon of salt with one cup of warm water. Do not try to dislodge any blood clots that are aiding in the healing process.


* DO NOT DRINK from a straw for at least a week - THE SUCKING CAN DISLODGE THE BLOOD THAT IS CLOTTING and can cause dry socket

* DO NOT EAT foods that are spicy as they can irritate the gums

* DO NOT EAT acidic foods as this too can irritate the gums

* STAY AWAY FROM foods with seeds as they can get stuck in the wound area and /or dislodge blood clots

* AVOID caffeine, carbonation, alcohol and hot beverages

* AVOID SMOKING for at least 48-72 hours after tooth removal surgery as this can cause dry socket.





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