Soft foods to eat after tooth extraction
After having a tooth extraction, it’s important to follow your dentist’s instructions for caring for the extraction site. This typically involves avoiding hard, crunchy, and sticky foods that can irritate the extraction site or get stuck in the socket. Instead, it’s best to eat soft foods that are gentle on the extraction site and easy to chew. Some examples of soft foods to eat after a tooth extraction include:
- Soups and broths
- Mashed potatoes
- Scrambled eggs
- Cooked vegetables (e.g., peas, carrots)
- Cottage cheese
- Ice cream (in moderation)
It’s also important to drink plenty of fluids to stay hydrated and help your body heal. Avoid drinking through a straw, as the suction can cause the blood clot in the extraction site to become loose, leading to a condition known as “dry socket.”
Soft food recipes after oral surgery
Here are some easy and delicious recipes for soft foods to eat after oral surgery:
- Creamy chicken and rice soup: Heat a tablespoon of olive oil in a saucepan over medium heat. Add a diced onion and cook until softened. Add a cup of cooked, shredded chicken and a cup of cooked white rice. Stir in a can of chicken broth, a cup of milk, and some chopped fresh parsley. Bring the soup to a simmer and cook until heated through.
- Mashed sweet potatoes: Peel and dice a couple of sweet potatoes and steam or boil them until tender. Mash the sweet potatoes with a fork or potato masher, and season to taste with salt, pepper, and a pat of butter. You can also add a little milk or cream for extra creaminess.
- Baked salmon and veggies: Preheat your oven to 400F (200C). Place a piece of salmon on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper, and season with salt, pepper, and your favorite herbs. Surround the salmon with diced carrots, broccoli, and bell peppers. Drizzle the vegetables with a little olive oil and bake for about 15 minutes, or until the salmon is cooked through and the vegetables are tender.
- Banana smoothie: Blend a ripe banana, a cup of milk, a tablespoon of honey, and a handful of ice cubes in a blender until smooth. You can also add a scoop of vanilla protein powder or a tablespoon of nut butter for extra protein and healthy fats.
- Soft scrambled eggs: Heat a tablespoon of butter or oil in a small non-stick frying pan over medium-low heat. Crack a couple of eggs into the pan and use a spatula to gently scramble them until they are cooked to your liking. Season with salt and pepper and serve with toast or a soft roll.
Soft food recipes for no teeth
If you have no teeth, it can be a challenge to find foods that are easy to eat and nutritious. However, there are many soft foods that you can enjoy, even without teeth. Here are some ideas for soft food recipes:
- Smoothies: Smoothies are a great option for people without teeth because they can be made with a variety of soft fruits and vegetables, and they can be easily sipped through a straw. To make a smoothie, simply blend together your choice of fruits (e.g., bananas, berries, mango), vegetables (e.g., spinach, kale, carrots), liquid (e.g., milk, yogurt, juice), and any other ingredients (e.g., protein powder, nut butter) in a blender.
- Pureed soups: Soups are another great option for people without teeth because they can be made with a variety of soft, nourishing ingredients. To make a pureed soup, simply sauté your choice of vegetables (e.g., onions, carrots, celery) in a saucepan, add some broth or water, and simmer until the vegetables are tender. Then, use an immersion blender to blend the soup until it is smooth and creamy.
- Pureed meats: Meats can provide important protein and nutrients, but they can be difficult to chew without teeth. To make pureed meats, simply cook your choice of meat (e.g., chicken, beef, fish) until it is tender, and then use a food processor or blender to blend it until it is smooth. You can also add some gravy or sauce to make the pureed meat more moist and flavorful.
- Soft-boiled eggs: Soft-boiled eggs are a great source of protein and can be easily eaten without teeth. To make soft-boiled eggs, simply place eggs in a saucepan and cover them with cold water. Bring the water to a boil, and then let the eggs cook for about 6 minutes for a soft yolk. Remove the eggs from the water and let them cool slightly before peeling and eating them.
- Mashed avocado: Avocado is a nutrient-dense fruit that is easy to mash with a fork. Simply scoop the flesh of a ripe avocado into a bowl and use a fork to mash it until it is smooth. You can season the mashed avocado with salt, pepper, and any other herbs or spices you like. You can also add some lime juice or salsa for extra flavor.
This article is still a work in progress and was published on June 12, 2020, and last updated on June 7, 2023.