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Old 01-27-2004, 09:26 PM   #1
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Soft foods (besides applesauce & mashed potatos) to eat post-extractions

I had all four of my wisdom teeth (3 erupted, 1 impacted) taken out two weeks ago, and the dry socket protective packing taken out a week ago. Since I'm on the birth control pill (only for acne and cramps, so don't get any ideas) my oral surgeon told me I'm still at risk for dry socket or infection. People on the pill have a 40% chance of getting it, he told me. So now I have these big holes where my bottom teeth were, I haven't had solid food in two weeks. I'm paranoid of getting an infection, so I'm looking for more variety when it comes to soft foods, stuff that doesn't require chewing, besides the usual applesauce and mashed potatos and such. Any suggestions will be appreciated!

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Old 01-27-2004, 09:44 PM   #2
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Re: Soft foods (besides applesauce & mashed potatos) to eat post-extractions

I had all of my teeth pulled six weeks ago. I know what it's like to not be able to chew anything. I found that I could eat eggs over easy as long as I mashed them up with my fork first. Pudding and yogurt aren't bad but I bet you're already tired of that. Spagetti works too if you chop it up in really small pieces. One other suggestion, though I wouldn't recommend it (i tried it) put regular food in the blender and puree it. My husband did that one night for me with beef stew. Didn't taste too bad if you can get past the idea of drinking stew. Good Luck. Hope you're healed up soon.

Old 01-28-2004, 10:48 AM   #3
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Re: Soft foods (besides applesauce & mashed potatos) to eat post-extractions

When you find out ... tell me! LOL!!

I've been eating cottage cheese and those frozen 'cheese' rebaked potatoes, they're all mashed though. Chocolate pudding with cool whip and applesauce.


Old 01-29-2004, 06:40 AM   #4
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Re: Soft foods (besides applesauce & mashed potatos) to eat post-extractions

If you go search for archwired (site for braces) they have a lot of foods listed that are soft.

here are some of their suggestions:


Smooth yogurt, or yogurt without a lot of chunks. You could also take chunky yogurt and puree it in a blender to break down the chunks. Also, try the new yogurt in a tube, available at most grocery stores.

Various soft cheeses, such as brie, cottage cheese, and thinly sliced Swiss, cheddar, harvarti, etc.

Milk-based drinks



Breads and Baked Goods

Any type of soft bread that does not have seeds, nuts, or pieces of whole grains. If you like whole-wheat bread, look for one that has a smooth texture. Tear off the crust if necessary.

Muffins without nuts or chunks

Corn bread, corn muffins

Soft cakes

Tortillas (corn and flour, microwaved or steamed until soft)


Saltine crackers and matzo are often soft enough to smoosh at the roof of your mouth with your tongue






Soft-cooked rice, risotto



Farro wheat (cooked very soft like risotto)


Matzo balls


Meats and Poultry

Soft-cooked chicken

Bar-b-que type soft cooked meat


Chicken salad

Thinly sliced lunch meats


Many meat recipes that you make in a crock pot or pressure cooker are very tender

Chicken nuggets cut into very small pieces

Meat Alternatives

Tofu can be made in many ways and is always easy to eat.


Soft-cooked fish

Fish croquettes (salmon, tuna)

Fish loaf (tuna, salmon)

Tuna, salmon, or whitefish salad

Frozen flavored fish filets

Crab cakes

Fish sticks (non-crunchy, cut into small pieces)


Look in your local grocery store for soups that either don't contain chunks, or have very mushy ingredients.


Soft-cooked carrots, squash

Mashed potatoes

Potato pancakes

Smooshed potato salad

Cole slaw

Spinach or corn soufflé (Stouffer's makes a frozen one)

Fresh spinach, chard, kale, or other greens, cooked very soft or steamed and cut up.

Avocados, guacamole

Salsa (non-chunky)

Beans (mashed it necessary)

Hummus, various Middle Eastern dips


Mashed bananas


Baked apples

Fruit juice, juice smoothies (protein powder can be added)

Other ripe fruits that get mushy


Ice cream without nuts or chunks, frozen yogurt, sorbet, sherbet, granita

Milkshakes, smoothies

Most cold drinks make your teeth feel better - iced tea, iced coffee, etc. But be careful not to inadvertently drink too much caffeine!

Soft cakes

Cheesecake that has been microwaved for 30 seconds to one minute (it gets a bit mushy and easier to eat)

Cream pies

Jell-O (gelatin)

Custard or flan


Shakes and Bars

Protein shakes, Slim Fast, etc.

Zone Perfect Bars (when you can chew a little bit. These are the least chewy protein bars I've found so far, with a texture like Rice Krispy Treats).

here are some more:


Scrambled eggs. Add cheese for more protein.

Frozen cheese blintzes (available in some grocery stores)

Hot cereal (oatmeal, cream of wheat, etc)

Cold cereal that has gotten mushy with milk


Soggy waffles

Muffins without nuts or chunks

Matzo brie - soak a piece of matzo in water until soft, drain water, mix mushy matzo with one or two eggs, fry in butter or cooking spray until mixture is cooked. Serve plain or with cinnamon sugar.

Breakfast grits made with milk and butter


Macaroni and cheese

Ramen noodles, chopped up

Spaghetti, chopped up. Canned varieties are usually very soft.

Tuna or chicken salad

Egg salad

Cottage cheese

Various soups: Miso, egg drop, chicken, etc.

Thinly sliced lunch meat, broken into bits

Noodle side-dishes (Lipton makes one, for example)

Bean and cheese Mexican dishes (burritos, enchiladas, etc) You can find some frozen ones in your grocery store.

When eating out, look for dishes that obviously have soft foods, and no nuts or hard-to-chew chunks.




Shepard's pie

Soft cooked fish - steamed or simmered is usually best. Or fish cakes/croquettes.

Bean and cheese enchiladas or burritos

Chili (mash it up if necessary)

Sloppy Joes. Try making them with various sauces for more variety, such as bottled Indian sauces, Creole sauces, or your favorite marinating sauce. Substitute ground chicken or turkey for variety. A great BBQ chicken sloppy joe uses boneless chicken thighs. Mince in a food processor until they are a gooey mess, then fry it in a pan until it looks like ground chicken. Add BBQ sauce and cook down -- on soft bread they are easily eaten by semi-chewers. Non-chewers can cut it up with a fork into small bites.

Cooked steak, shredded in a food processor. Top with caramelized onions and/or shredded cheese (or a dipping sauce - BBQ, Teriyaki, etc.) and it becomes a shredded hot salad.

Pasta, ravioli

Asian fried rice or noodles with tiny bits of meat and soft veggies


Enchilada Pie (layers of corn tortillas, beans, cheese, and sauce. Add bits of meat if desired)

Hope that helps,


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