Diet After
Dental Extractions

When you get back home after having your teeth extracted, it is best to choose very soft foods that do not require any chewing. Foods such as yogurt, applesauce, ice cream and mashed potatoes are good choices.

Diet After Dental Extractions

After a tooth extraction, liquid soups like tomato soups and other purees are also good choices because they do not require chewing and have no pieces that could become trapped in the sockets.

Protein shakes and smoothies made with milk or juice and some protein powder can provide nutrition. Do not use a straw to drink your smoothie or any beverage because the suction can dislodge the clots that form over the exposed sockets.

Best foods to eat after teeth removal (0 – 2 days)

As most people will be feeling very tender after the surgery it is best to stick to really soft foods. The following foods can be consumed the entire way through your recovery. Note: Immediately following surgery no hot foods should be consumed as your face will still be numb and you may burn yourself. Wait at least an hour prior to attempting warm foods.

Any foods that require no chewing

  • Yogurt (frozen or normal) – No fruit bits or nuts
  • Jello
  • Ice cream / Sorbet / Milkshake
  • Luke warm soups
  • Pudding
  • Eggs
  • Soggy Cereal (Oatmeal)
  • Well cooked pasta

Food to eat after teeth extraction (2 – 5 days)

You should be able to start returning hot food items to the menu by the second day as the blood clots will be more stable and less likely to restart bleeding.

Any foods that require minimal chewing.

  • Bread
  • Yogurt (frozen or normal) – Including fruit bits
  • Pasta
  • Noodles
  • Soft vegetables – Including hot mashed potatoes
  • Ground beef
  • Chicken
  • Mince products (Lasagna)
  • Eggs
  • Cheese
  • Soups


Final recovery period (> 5 Days)

At this point in time you will likely be starting to feel ready to test out your mouth on some different foods. Depending on how easily your teeth came out will depend on how easy eating harder foods will go. Remember – this is only a guide and if you don’t feel comfortable eating the suggested foods then please continue with the previous stage for longer.

In this stage feel free to eat anything you are comfortable with.

Foods that require minimal to moderate chewing.

For most people their biggest concern is keeping bits of food out of the holes in your gums.

DO NOT eat after teeth removal

  • Almost anything hard
  • Chewy foods
  • Really hot foods
  • Seeds or Nuts
  • Rice
  • Popcorn

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