Soft, easy to chew foods are the best thing to eat after oral surgery, especially within the first few days. There are a number of delicious soft foods to choose from.
It is important to include healthy protein and fiber-rich choices after oral surgery to provide necessary nutrition for optimal healing. To get more fiber from the foods you eat, make smoothies with fruit, and eat soft fruits such as bananas or canned fruit. Brown rice, oatmeal or other whole grains can be eaten as well, as long as they are thoroughly cooked and moistened with milk. Protein can be provided in the form of cut-up eggs, ground meats, fish, and dairy products or protein nutrition drinks. Staying hydrated and continuing with your vitamin/mineral supplement (if you take one) is also important for a quick healing time.
By carefully choosing the foods you eat you can usually make eating easier. Here are some suggestions that may help:
Straw use: If you have had a tooth removed, do not us a straw for at least three days.
o Crunchy, sticky, and sharp foods should be avoided.
o Cold foods like smoothies, puddings, ice cream and sorbet can help with mouth pain, while pureed foods and drinks are easy to swallow, even after painful oral surgery. Be sure to ask your surgeon if you can use a straw or not.
o Try foods cold or at room temperature. Hot and warm foods can irritate a tender mouth and healing gums.
o Cook foods until they are soft and tender.
o Use a blender or food processor to puree your food.
o Cut foods into small pieces.
o Cook or simmer foods in sauces or liquids.
o Mix food with butter, thin gravies, and sauces to make it easier to swallow.
o Add sauces to vegetables.
Here are some specific food ideas:
Soft casseroles such as Tamale casserole, Tuna and noodles, Lasagna, etc.
Egg dishes such as Scrambled Eggs, Poached Eggs, Quiche, Breakfast Casserole, Egg Salad
Vegetables pureed or mashed such as peas and carrots or baby foods
Rice or Tapioca Pudding
Savory Cheese and Bread Puddings
Sweet Bread Pudding
Mush or Porridge-Type Hot Cereals Like Oatmeal, Grits And Cream-Of-Wheat
Soft Breads and Muffins
Miso soup with soft tofu
Pasta Cooked To a Soft Consistency
Potatoes and Sweet Potatoes without Skin
Avocados, Asparagus, Peas, Carrots, Lima Beans (All Mashed)
Canned Bartlett Pears
Meatball Sandwich with spaghetti sauce
Skinless Vegetables That Cook To A Soft Consistency Or Can Be Mashed, Like Carrots, Cauliflower
Canned Tuna Or Chicken
Tender Meats And Ground Meats That Have Been Well-Cooked – Braised Meats Or Meats Cooked In A Crock-Pot Are
Meats that have been chopped, ground or blenderized
Foods cooked or simmered in liquids (e.g. stews with ground or finely chopped meats, hearty soups)
Well-Cooked Legumes With Soft Skins Like Baked Beans
Pureed Or Blended Soups
Pureed Or Blended Sauces
Finely Grated/Melted Cheese
Pudding Or Custard
Cold Cereal Soaked In Milk
Pancakes or French Toast With Butter And Syrup Or Fruit Sauce
Macaroni and Cheese, Pasta Dishes With A Cheese, Cream Or Tomato/Cream Sauce
Buttered Noodles with Parmesan Cheese
Pasta Or Potato Salad
Egg Salad, Tuna Salad, Pate, Liverwurst, Guacamole, Hummus Or Cream Cheese Spread On A Slice Of Soft, Crustless, Buttered Bread
Chunky Soups, Stews, Shepherd’s Pie Or Pot Pies
Chicken A La King, Creamed Salmon Or Seafood
Fish Poached Or Cooked In A Sauce
Baked Or Broiled Fish
Broiled Or Stewed Chicken (Finely Chopped)
Bread Softened With Gravy
Soft Cooked Vegetables with A Cheese Or Cream Sauce
Melon, Avocado, Bananas
Canned Fruit With Cottage Cheese
Cream Pies Or Sponge Cake With Custard Sauce
Soft Boiled Or Poached Eggs
Hot Cereals Such As Oat Bran, Cream Of Wheat, Corn Meal, Oatmeal, Congee
Hearty Broth Based Soups, Borscht, Congee, Cream Soups Or Chowders (Blended If Necessary), Split Pea, Lentil Or Bean Soup
Ground Beef, Pork, Lamb, Chicken Or Turkey Cooked In Gravy
Add Strained “Baby” Meats Or Canned Fish To Soups, Sauces Or Gravies
Mashed Potatoes, Carrots, Turnips, Yams Or Squash
Cooked Puddings Such As Tapioca, Rice, Bread Or Custard
Jell-O Or Instant Pudding Mixes
Applesauce, Stewed, Mashed Or Pureed Fruits
Pureed Berries Put Through A Strainer To Remove Skins And Seeds
Cooked Fruits Without Seeds Or Skins Like Apples And Pears
Mashed or cut up bananas
Canned Cherries, Mandarin oranges, fruit cocktail, peaches, pears, lychee
Soft ripe Blueberries, Guava, Papaya, Mango, Watermelon, Cantaloupe, Honeydew, Peeled plum
Liquid Food Ideas
Vegetable or Fruit Juice
Toddler Breakfast Cereals Or Rice Cereals Thinned With Milk
Carnation Instant Breakfast or Ensure or Slim Fast
Meal Replacement Drinks (Boost Plus®, Ensure Plus®, Meal Cal Plus®)
Milk, Soy Milk Or Almond Milk
Milkshakes Or Fruit Smoothies
Yogurt or Yogurt Drink
Eggnog (Store Bought)
Hot Chocolate or Café Au Lait, cooled to luke warm
Ovaltine® or Postum® Made With Milk
Strained Or Blended Soups
Juices Or Nectars Such As Carrot, Grape, Apple, Pear, Guava, Peach, Apricot, Cherry Or Lychee (Diluted If Necessary)
Iced Tea Or Fruit Flavored Drinks Such As Kool Aid®
Popsicles, Sherbet, Ice Cream, Frozen Yogurt Bars
Cold Tomato Soup
Broth or Bouillon