Everyone knows that your diet directly impacts your health, and that includes the health of your teeth and gums as well. If you’ve recently had dental work done or had some kind of oral surgery performed, your mouth might be sensitive. So what foods should you eat and which should you avoid? Read on to find out.

Your dietary needs after oral surgery depends on factors like the extent of your procedure, how much impact there is on oral function, and how long your recovery is expected to last. A liquid diet and soft foods may be required for a few days or longer, until your mouth heals.

Foods you can eat

  • scrambled eggs
  • oatmeal or cream of wheat
  • soup with soft vegetables or pureed or cream soups
  • soft cheeses, including cottage cheese
  • smoothies and milkshakes
  • pudding and custard
  • mashed potatoes (fortify by mixing in powdered milk to boost nutrition
  • sorbet and frozen yogurt
  • yogurt
  • ripe fruits, cut into pieces like peaches and nectarines
  • pasta and noodles
  • chicken or tuna salad
  • Applesauce

Foods you should avoid

  • Spicy foods
  • Citrus juices
  • Foods that are difficult to chew (steak and deli meats)
  • Crunchy foods (popcorn, pretzels and potato chips)
  • Crusty breads, bagels, cookies
  • Alcoholic beverages

To learn more about oral surgery and procedures, contact Princeton Prosthodontics and Dental Implants