We provide a list of soft foods that we would recommend to make it easier to chew following any dental surgery.

After having tooth extraction, it can be painful to eat, you may not have much of an appetite or simply be unsure on what foods are suitable to eat. However, it’s important to continue with a diet that provides the right nutrients.

After tooth extraction it may be best to stick to softer foods that are easy to eat. As Softer Foods specialists we can help guide you on the best foods to eat after tooth extraction and which foods to avoid.

Best foods to eat after tooth extraction

After dental surgery it is advised that you eat certain foods to help aid recovery and prevent discomfort.*

Here are some of the best foods to eat after tooth extraction:

1. Blended soups
When we think of a liquidised diet, the first food that often comes to mind are soups. Opting for soups is a good choice following tooth extraction as there are many different varieties and flavours you can choose from. If you are making your own soups, you can include a range of vegetables, meats, fish, herbs and spices to ensure a varied nutrient profile in your diet.

We advise you blend your soups to remove any chunky pieces, as these will be difficult to chew after having a tooth removed and suggest that you avoid croutons as they are likely to be painful to eat.

2. Mashed potato
Potatoes are a good source of energy, something especially needed after surgery. Whilst potatoes can be prepped in many ways, we suggest opting for mashed potato for easier eating.

3. Broths
Similar to soups, broths largely comprise of wholesome ingredients that help promote a good diet when recovering. Just be sure not to consume too hot, as it may cause irritation during healing.

4. Avocado
Avocados are popular not only for their taste, but for their rich source of essential vitamins and minerals. They are also low in carbohydrates and rich in ‘healthy’ or ‘good’ (unsaturated) fats and can be mashed for easier consumption.

5. Scrambled eggs
Amongst the easiest of foods to consume after dental surgery, eggs are a great source of high quality protein. Scrambled eggs are a good option to help ensure you still get the beneficial nutrients in your diet after tooth extraction.

6. Bananas
Bursting full of valuable micronutrients including potassium, bananas are soft and easy to eat. We just advise you mash them first for easier swallowing.

7. Ice cream
Many people question when they can eat ice cream after tooth extraction. The answer is yes, it’s not only cool for your affected area, but also soft to eat and helps minimize unwanted swelling.

8. Smoothies
A blended mix of fruits and yogurt provide an easy to consume drink, full of essential vitamins needed to promote a nutritious diet after tooth extraction.

9. Porridge
Due to their texture, we advise you wait a couple of days before indulging in oats. However once you can, they are a great source of fibre, loaded full of vitamins and are a slow release energy source.

10. Yoghurt
Yoghurts can provide a cooling sensation to the affected area during healing, whilst being soft and easy to eat – not to mention delicious!

Foods to avoid after tooth extraction

1. Alcohol
During your recovery period, alcohol is best avoided. It can cause irritation and may conflict with prescribed medication, so we would recommend to check with your pharmacist or GP first.

2. Spicy or acidic foods
These types of foods can act as an irritant to your mouths and gums, resulting in a longer healing process so may be best avoided.

3. Crunchy foods
Anything such as biscuits or grains should be avoided, especially immediately following dental surgery. Due to their crumbly nature, they can be difficult to eat as well as risking crumbs getting stuck in the wound when it is difficult to brush your teeth thoroughly after eating.

Can I eat rice after tooth extraction?

Similar to grains, rice can get stuck in the affected area. For this reason you may choose to avoid rice in your diet during recovery, since it can cause discomfort and also be difficult to chew.

How long after tooth extraction can I eat normal food?

For the first 48 hours after surgery, we recommend that you stick to consuming liquids and naturally soft foods only, such as yogurt or soups as mentioned above. As the wound begins to heal, you may look to introduce other soft foods such as oats.

After a week, you may be able to start incorporating some solid foods back into your diet. If some still provide discomfort when chewing, then resort back to consuming soft foods until this discomfort is no more.

How can Wiltshire Farm Foods help?

Request a free brochure to browse our range of over 80 delicious dishes in our Softer Foods range. We have a selection of easy to eat Soft & Bite-Sized meals, Minced meals and Purée meals for breakfast, lunch, dinner and dessert that are nutritionally balanced and ideal for anyone experiencing a chewing or swallowing difficulty after tooth extraction. Our range has been produced to alleviate stress and discomfort while eating, with food that is easy and safe to chew and swallow.

All of our meals are delivered directly to your door to help you prepare in advance so that every meal you need for your temporary Softer Foods diet is ready to go when healing – all you need to do is simply pop it in the oven or microwave and enjoy.

*Wiltshire Farm Foods content does not replace the advice of any registered Healthcare Professional and you should always seek the advice of your General Practitioner when making changes to your diet. The guidelines in this article are for general healthy eating purposes and if you have any conditions that may require a specialised diet or fluid restriction then you must follow the advice of your dedicated Healthcare Professional.

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