Food List

Food Ideas after dental work

This list is provided to give you examples of foods and items to have on hand for after your surgery.


Cool and soft foods will feel best.

  • Ice cream
  • Protein shakes
  • Popsicles
  • Mashed potatoes
  • Yogurt
  • Cottage Cheese
  • Smoothies without seeds
  • Beans (refried, black, etc.)
  • Ground beef
  • Soups that don’t contain small grains or rice

Foods to Avoid

  • Anything that can enter the surgical site (quinoa, rice, seeds)
  • Hard foods
  • Crunchy foods
  • Spicy foods (can be painful in areas healing from surgery)
  • Sticky foods

Items to Have on Hand

  • Ice packs: Ice and Ziploc bags, wrap in a towel
  • Warm packs: Moist kitchen towel, placed in open Ziploc and microwaved for about 20 seconds, wrap in a second towel
  • Prescribed medications
  • Ibuprofen
  • Tylenol
  • Aquaphor ointment or Vaseline
  • Lip balm

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