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50 Soft Foods to Eat After Wisdom Teeth Removal

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50 Soft foods to eat after dental surgery

50 Soft foods to eat after dental surgery

It can be hard to find satisfying foods to eat after wisdom tooth removal or other oral surgery. 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.

This homemade applesauce smells and tastes great and is easy to make. Add a little cinnamon for flavor!

This homemade applesauce smells and tastes great and is easy to make. Add a little cinnamon for flavor!

Soft Foods to Eat After Oral Surgery (A-C)

FoodPreparation

Applesauce

Cook apples until tender and blend. Try this with apricots or peaches!

Avocado

Mashed plain or mixed with salt, lemon, or honey

Baby Food

A perfect pre-made puree!

Baked Beans and Spaghetti

Cooked and mashed.

Bananas

Mashed well with yoghurt or milk.

Broth

Chicken, beef, or vegetable.

Casseroles

Soft and well-cooked with plenty of liquid.

Cheesecake

You can enjoy yourself during recovery!

Cheese

Soft or melted.

Clams

Smooth and creamy.

Congee

Cooked soft.

Couscous/Semolina

Well-cooked and served sweet or savory.

Cottage Cheese

Plain or mixed with soft veggies.

Custard

Made fresh or pre-made.

Chewing and Swallowing After Oral Surgery

If you have wool pads or sore areas in your mouth, the idea of chewing and swallowing can be scary. Try chewing with your front teeth. Once the food is soft enough, swish it around with saliva for a few seconds and then swallow.

Vegetable, chicken, or beef broth is nutritious and ideal for a healing mouth. Make sure the veggies or meat are cooked very well.

Vegetable, chicken, or beef broth is nutritious and ideal for a healing mouth. Make sure the veggies or meat are cooked very well.

Soft Foods to Eat After Oral Surgery (D-M)

FoodPreparation

Dips

Tzatziki, lebneh, French onion, hummus, and guacamole.

Eggs

Scrambled or poached.

Fish

Tuna or lox.

Ice Cream

Frozen yoghurt too. Just avoid nuts.

Jelly/Jell-O

Quintessential get-well food.

Juice

Fresh squeezed fruit or vegetable.

Macaroni & Cheese

Well-cooked and soft.

Mashed Potato

Well-blended with no lumps.

Meatloaf or Meatballs

Mashed a little.

Remember, no straws! Sucking through a straw can remove the blood clot that forms over your wound and heals the extraction area.

Congee, a rice porridge sometimes prepared with broth, can be a meal when prepared with egg, onion, and parsley.

Congee, a rice porridge sometimes prepared with broth, can be a meal when prepared with egg, onion, and parsley.

Pain Medication After Wisdom Teeth Removal

While some people never need pain medication after oral surgery, others feel pain and discomfort that is hard to ignore. Paracetamol (Panadol or Tylenol) or Ibuprofin (Neurofen) can help. If these medicines don't do the trick, check with your doctor, dentist, or pharmacist about which drugs are best for you.

Ice cream (without nuts or other hard inclusions) or frozen yogurt is delicious and soothing after oral surgery.

Ice cream (without nuts or other hard inclusions) or frozen yogurt is delicious and soothing after oral surgery.

Soft Foods to Eat After Oral Surgery (M-P)

FoodsPreparation

Milk Drinks

Cow or almond milk.

Noodles/Pasta

Small, flat pasta that doesn't require much chewing or slurping.

Nut Butters

Peanut, almond, or cashew. Well-ground.

Oatmeal

Mixed with honey, syrup, or mashed banana.

Polenta

Used as cereal or with savory additions.

Pudding

Tapioca, too.