50 Soft Foods After Dental Surgery

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Dental issues occur frequently in the elderly, which can lead to decreased quality of life and poor nutritional status. Oral health can compromise taste, food choices, and ability to chew and swallow. 

Dental surgery may be needed to correct life impacting oral problems. After these procedures soft foods may be required to promote healing and for ease of chewing.

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Reasons for Dental Surgery

The elderly may undergo dental surgery for various issues such as: 

Types of Dental Surgery

Older adults may undergo several types of dental surgical procedures to treat oral issues. 

  • Tooth extraction 
  • Dental implants
  • Periodontal surgery 

Potential Complications

Complications can occur after surgery, however following post operative instructions can minimize risks. This includes following diet instructions. Potential risks include (1)

  • Infection
  • Damage to adjacent teeth
  • Dry socket: disturbance to blood clotting after extraction
  • Numbness
  • Sinus problems

Inappropriate food choices after dental surgery can lead to delayed healing. For example, temperature extremes can irritate already sensitive teeth and increase swelling and bleeding (2)

List of dental surgery types, reasons, and complications.
Dental Surgery Summary

50 Soft Foods After Dental Surgery

Consuming soft foods after oral surgery is important to avoid damaging surgical incisions and for ease of chewing. Here are 50 soft food ideas: 

  1. Applesauce
  2. Mashed potatoes
  3. Pudding
  4. Banana
  5. Avocado
  6. Yogurt
  7. Soup
  8. Soft scrambled eggs
  9. Cottage cheese
  10. Mashed sweet potatoes
  11.  Ice cream
  12. Canned peaches
  13. Jello
  14. Canned pears
  15. Smoothies
  16. Oral nutritional supplements
  17. Protein shakes
  18. Smooth peanut butter
  19. Oatmeal
  20. Cream of wheat
  21. Refried beans
  22. Milkshake
  23. Tofu
  24. Moist pancakes
  25. Overcooked noodles
  26. Squash
  27. Cranberry sauce
  28. Custard
  29. Grits
  30. Poached egg
  31. Egg salad
  32. Popsicles
  33. Hummus
  34. Meatloaf
  35. Meatballs
  36. Moist, baked fish
  37. Tuna salad
  38. Chicken salad
  39. Crustless quiche
  40. Moist ground turkey
  41. Mashed carrots
  42. Moistened waffle
  43. Baked beans
  44. Ripe watermelon
  45. Baby food
  46. Baked apples
  47. Ricotta cheese
  48. Spam
  49. Sherbet
  50. Cheesecake

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Nutritional Considerations

Dentists and oral surgeons may have specific diet requirements depending on the type of surgery being undergone. Food restrictions and timeframes may vary from procedure and practitioner. 

A multivitamin may be recommended to meet micronutrient needs since food choices may be limited. Fluids are also of importance to avoid dehydration. 

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