Soft Foods Allowed To Eat After Oral Surgery

February 29, 2024

Oral surgery, while necessary at times, is quite a daunting experience. However, proper preparation beforehand, especially post-operative nutrition, can greatly ease the process. One important aspect of recovery is nutrition. It is important to steer clear of edibles that are hard and can potentially cause damage to your oral cavity. Take this blog as your initial guide to knowing all kinds of soft foods you can eat after oral surgery.

What Items Can You Eat After a Mouth Surgery?

We have enlisted food in categories to put your mind at ease. You can eat or devour these soft food delicacies after your oral surgery:


  • Applesauce
  • Bananas
  • Biscuits that are soaked in milk
  • Bread
  • Cold cereal that is soaked until soft
  • Custard
  • Greek yogurt
  • Mashed potatoes are to be eaten when they have lost most heat.
  • Warm oatmeal
  • Pudding
  • Rice
  • Semolina
  • Smoothies – avoid including nuts, seeds, or ice
  • Yogurt
  • Avocado


  • Baked beans in mashed form
  • Broth. Make sure it is warm, not hot
  • Cheesecake
  • Clams
  • Deli meats
  • Cooked fish
  • Ground chicken
  • Hummus
  • Jell-O
  • Juice
  • Macaroni and cheese
  • Mashed vegetables
  • Meatballs
  • Soft meatloaf cut into small pieces
  • Salmon
  • Soups
  • Spaghetti
  • Tofu


  • Cottage cheese
  • Eggs
  • Greek yogurt
  • Meatballs
  • Meatloaf
  • Mashed potatoes
  • Mashed vegetables
  • Rice
  • Risotto
  • Salmon
  • Tapioca
  • Vegetables – only steamed or well-cooked
  • Waffles – can be soaked

This comprehensive list and categories is a beginner’s guide for you. You can swap suggestions for lunch and dinner according to your liking.

Dos and Don’ts after Oral Surgery

Some post-surgery dos and don’ts include:


  • Drink ample amounts of water.
  • Try biting on a cold tea bag if bleeding persists after an hour following your surgery.
  • Rinse mouth after 24 hours with warm salt water solution.


  • Steer clear of caffeine, carbonated fizzy drinks, alcohol, and hot beverages.
  • Do not drink from straw after your tooth extraction surgery for at least a week. The sucking action can dislodge the blood clot and result in a painful condition known as dry socket.
  • No spicy or highly acidic foods since they can irritate the gums.
  • Even if the fruit is soft, if it has seeds, do not eat it as they can get stuck in the wound area.
  • No smoking for at least 24 hours following tooth removal surgery.

Closing Note

With all the dos and don’ts mentioned above, make sure to avoid foods that are difficult to chew and items that are not soft or are hot. Follow your dentist’s recommendations for specific dietary changes related to your oral surgery. If you want more information and do not know where to start, contact Dr. Paichun (Patrick) Huang, DDS, a Fellow of the Academy of General Dentistry (FAGD) at Briar Forest Dental Group. We are here to answer all your queries and issues; dial (713) 784-4430 to connect with us. Feel free to learn ways we can be of help.

We are proud to serve patients from all nearby communities, including Briar Forest, The Memorial Villages, Memorial City, Westchase, and Walnut Bend.


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