You just returned from the dentist and have a sore mouth after all that dental work. Clearly, you cannot eat nuts or chew on a sticky toffee. For a day or two, you can only stick to soft foods.

You can easily eat them without having to bite and chew, giving your teeth and gums some much-needed rest.

Eating soft foods doesn’t only apply to dental work but also to oral health problems.

If you have canker sores, difficulty swallowing and a dry mouth, then following your regular diet is hard.

So what should you eat then?

This article will solve this question. Keep reading to know what you should eat after dental work and with oral health problems.

soft foods importance

Importance of Soft Foods

Eating foods that are soft is your only option after dental surgery.

These include a dental implant procedure, tooth extraction, root canal, and periodontal surgery.

Why should you only eat soft items?

Well, there could be an open wound after surgery and exerting pressure to chew with your teeth can irritate that.

Moreover, there is also a chance that when you are biting and not simply swallowing food, you may end up using the affected tooth. Cue lots of pain!

Your mouth is sore and it needs healing.

Therefore eating a diet with proteins and a good amount of nutrients can work to heal you.

Proteins are important to repair your muscles, tissue and skin as well as build them.

One way to add that to your diet is to use chicken or beef broth in soups.

Though drinking a protein shake made from protein powder can provide you enough amount to help in healing too.

Other than that, you need plenty of nutrients and vitamins.

For that refer to fruits and vegetables such as mashes peaches and strawberries to get Vitamin C that aids in healing and avocado for fats.

Thus, even if you are only eating foods that are soft you are not missing out on good nutrition.

Plus, they also help you to heal faster.

The common soft foods are:

  • Soup
  • Eggs
  • Oatmeal
  • Cheese
  • Mashed potatoes
  • Yogurt
  • Smoothies
  • Puree
  • Fish

Though these are not the only options and you can experiment with other foods too.

In fact, food is best eaten according to the condition you are facing.

Eating some foods can exacerbate your discomfort.

Thus, find out below what food you should be eating while having oral health problems in order to minimize irritation.

soft foods for dry mouth

Soft Foods for Dry Mouth and Canker Sores

Eating soft food is not the only requirement while having these two conditions.

You should also avoid foods and beverages that can irritate the mouth.

Dry Mouth 

In this condition, your mouth does not produce enough saliva.

Hence, if you keep eating foods that tend to harm your oral health such as sweet and spicy food then cavities can occur.

When suffering from a dry mouth


  • soften your food with butter, soup, sauce, gravy or margarine
  • drink lots of water to keep the saliva flowing and moistening the mouth
  • keep chewing gum but sugarless one to stimulate the saliva


  • eat spicy or sugary food
  • drink alcohol or use any form of tobacco
  • consume drinks that dry the mouth further such as coffee and tea

Canker Sores 

These sores can irritate your mouth if you eat the wrong food.

Hence, choose only bland foods to eat that are soft and comfortable to eat.


  • eat scrambled eggs
  • eat softer foods like soup, tofu, creamy peanut butter
  • drink milk and eat dairy products
  • eat hot cereals such as oatmeal to soothe your canker sores
  • take mashed potatoes
  • eat cooked vegetables
  • eat softly cooked and shredded chicken
  • moisten the dry foods before eating and blend the solid ones
  • use a straw to drink so that you do not irritate the sores in your mouth
  • add protein and calories to your diet to speed up the healing
  • add dry milk to soup and protein powder to milkshakes
  • eat foods that are only at room temperature or are cool, they should not be hot to irritate the sores further


  • eat spicy or acidic foods
  • eat sauerkraut, city fruits and pickles that can exacerbate irritation

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Soft Foods for Braces and Oral Surgery


A soft food diet for braces is absolutely necessary after you get them for the first time.

Your gums and jaw may be sore after your monthly appointment.

Not only that but sticky and hard foods can harm the worse and brackets, delaying your treatment.

Hence, you may have to stick to softer food throughout your treatment but especially in the first few days when the teeth are sore.

Do eat

  • mashed potatoes
  • oatmeal
  • soup
  • soft cheese
  • pudding
  • scrambled eggs
  • frozen yogurt
  • shredded chicken or any meat
  • tofu
  • protein shakes and smoothies
  • nectarine or peaches cut into small pieces or any ripe fruit
  • mashed bananas
  • pancakes
  • macaroni
  • soft bread
  • hummus
  • avocado
  • applesauce
  • soft cooked rice
  • tuna salad
  • cooked vegetables
  • meatloaf

Don’t eat

  • popcorn
  • hard candy
  • sticky toffee
  • gum
  • corn on the cob
  • gummy bears
  • ice
  • ribs
  • pretzels
  • pizza crust
  • whole and hard fruits that you bite using the front teeth such as apples
  • nuts

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Oral Surgery

After oral surgery, you may have to go a step ahead and take a liquid diet as well.

This depends on your nutrition prior to the oral surgery procedure, the procedure’s extent and its impact on oral function.

Moreover, the recovery can last longer so go for foods that are full of nutrients such as fruits, eggs, veggies, lean meats and dairy.

They contain vitamin A and C as well as proteins and zinc that you need in order to heal quickly.

Eat the following foods: 

  • yogurt
  • mashed potatoes
  • milkshakes
  • oatmeal
  • soup
  • pudding
  • custard
  • pasta
  • macaroni
  • soft cheese
  • avocado
  • saltines
  • spinach souffle
  • canned fruit or cooked to become soft
  • meatloaf
  • softened tortillas by microwaving
  • quinoa
  • polenta
  • chicken salad
  • applesauce
  • peanut butter
  • baked apples
  • soft bread
  • cooked vegetables such as green beans, carrots and spinach
  • tofu


Diet When You Have Trouble Chewing and Swallowing

Swallowing problems can happen occasionally due to several reasons such as a cold and flu.

However, if they persist for a long while then it could be something else too.

Hence, visit your doctor if it lasts longer.

During that time when you have difficulty swallowing, include soft and liquid foods in your diet:

Thick Liquids

These have a spoon thick consistency like that of pudding.

Therefore, cereal, oatmeal, pudding and custard come in this category.

You can eat these when you do not have a huge problem swallowing food.

Thin Liquids 

The opposite are liquids with an extremely thin consistency.

They will simply dissolve and melt in your mouth.

Hence, these include ice cream, frozen yogurt, broth and gelatin.

Honey-like Liquids 

Their texture is like flowing from a spoon like a ribbon.

Therefore it includes honey (as the name suggests), yogurt and tomato sauce.

Nectar-like Liquids 

These liquid foods, coat the spoon, moreover, drip off it.

Such as milkshakes, vegetable juice, cream soup and nectars.

Furthermore, there are foods you should be avoiding.

Having swallowing difficulties can result in pulmonary aspiration and choking problems.

Hence, avoid the following: 

  • very hot beverages and foods
  • spicy food
  • nuts
  • cottage cheese
  • celery
  • caffeine
  • fruit skins
  • popcorn
  • alcoholic drinks
  • dry food
  • bran cereal
  • sticky and crumbly food

When you have issues chewing, there is a dental problem at the back of it.

Having gum disease, ill-fit dentures, cavities, tooth loss and braces can make it harder to chew.

Hence, first, go to your dentist for a checkup.

Meanwhile, you can eat a soft diet in order to get the nutrition you want.

You can resort to any of the foods mentioned above.

Therefore, begin taking soup, eating oatmeal, softened vegetables till you can find the solution to your chewing problem.

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Making a Routine

While you are suffering from any of these problems you can resort to eating soft healthy foods three times a day.

Though, you do not have to resort to eating them all the time.

For instance, smoothies and milkshakes are enough once a day rather than in all 3 meals.

In Breakfast 

Begin the morning with some scrabbled eggs, cereal or oatmeal.

Moreover, you can add a low-fat yogurt or cream of wheat.

During Lunch 

Mashed potatoes with sour cream can make a hearty warm meal.

Furthermore, a lentil soup can help with healing.

Adding butter squash seems a good option too.

At Dinner 

Dinner time is to relax.

Hence, eat some steamed vegetables that are soft and easy on your teeth such as peas.

Moreover, you can include fish with a light seasoning.

However, do not go for spicy seasoning as it can irritate your wound.

Furthermore, add polenta or grits too.


After you are done eating soft foods for a while, you can return to crunchy foods slowly.

Therefore, wait for your doctor to indicate when it is fine to eat hard and crunchy food.

Besides that, also follow the aftercare instructions so that you can keep your mouth healthy for a long time.