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What Do I Eat After Dental Surgery?

“What do I eat after dental surgery?” is a common question asked by many patients. Dental surgery can often seem like a daunting task but the recovery can be even more stressful if you don’t know what to eat. Patients who are well prepared for their surgery usually end up having a smoother recovery.

A nutritious diet is an essential part of a fast recovery, Protein is important for the healing process. It is important that you maintain a diet of soft nutritious foods to help speed healing, to maintain a feeling of well-being and lessen discomfort. We advise our patients to plan ahead and buy some soft food items prior to surgery.

We have compiled a list of foods to eat following your periodontal surgery. Keep in mind that each surgery is different and you should always follow your post-op instructions but we hope this list helps.

List of foods to eat after periodontal surgery:

  • Applesauce
  • Avocado
  • Baby food
  • Baked beans
  • Bananas
  • Beans (mashed if nec.)
  • Biscuits
  • Broccoli – steamed soft
  • Broth (not too hot)
  • Butternut Squash – cooked soft
  • Eggs ( scrambled, soft boiled, egg salad)
  • Fish ( soft white fish, sole, trout)
  • Fruit smoothies/protein shakes
  • Hearty soups ( cream of asparagus, lentil, minestrone, split pea )
  • Ice cream, Popsicles and milkshakes
  • Jell-O
  • Mashed Potatoes
  • Oatmeal/cream of wheat
  • Pasta (no sauce due to being acidic)
  • Pudding/Custard
  • Soft fruits ( banana, papaya, berries, canned peaches or pears)
  • Tofu
  • Yogurt ( soft or frozen )

Please AVOID the following foods for the first week following surgery:

  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Citrus fruit juices
  • Hard pieces of bread, bagels, cookies
  • Foods that cannot be cut with a fork
  • Popcorn, pretzels, potato chips
  • Spicy Foods


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