After-Surgery Diet Suggestions


It is important to stay hydrated so drink clear fluids regularly. You may want to avoid acidic juices (i.e., orange or pineapple) since they may sting and irritate the extraction sites. It is important to avoid straws for a week after surgery— drink from the cup. Water is always best but you can also have liquids such as:

  • fruit juices (i.e., apple, grape, etc)
  • Gatorade
  • iced tea
  • Pedialite
  • ginger ale
  • decaffeinated sodas
  • Vitamin Water
  • For coffee drinkers, coffee is okay after the first day and should be only lukewarm, not hot.

Foods for Early in the Week (Day of Surgery and 1 – 3 Days After Surgery)

You will feel better, have more strength, less discomfort, and speed up your recovery if you stay hydrated and well nourished. High calorie, high protein intake is important, so remember to eat regularly.

It is best to eat soft, smooth foods after your treatment for at least a couple of days. These include foods that do not need to be chewed and that can be simply swallowed or mashed with the tongue before swallowing. Some food suggestions are:

  • any regular meal can be blended smooth (avoid seeds)
  • ice cream or sorbet
  • broth or cream-based soups (not hot, just warm)
  • milkshakes and smooth puddings
  • mashed potatoes
  • applesauce
  • protein shakes
  • Jell-O
  • tofu
  • pudding
  • Ensure (meal substitute)
  • cream of wheat
  • smoothies (no seeded fruits, such as raspberries or strawberries and no acidic juices, such as lemon or pineapple)

Any regular meal may be blended smooth to make it acceptable for you to eat during these few days. It is important to avoid straws for a week after surgery—drink from the cup or use a spoon for smoothies. For some patients, dairy can upset the stomach—you may want to avoid milk products.

Foods for Later In The Week (or as soon as you feel comfortable to chew):

A couple of days after your surgery, you can enjoy more solid (but still soft) foods if you feel comfortable to do so. You may eat these foods by chewing away from the extraction sites. Some suggestions are:

  • chicken or fish
  • soft-cooked rice or pasta
  • soft-cooked lentils or baked beans
  • soft-cooked vegetables (i.e., peas)
  • hot dogs
  • pancakes
  • macaroni and cheese
  • canned fruit (i.e., peaches, pears, etc.)
  • soft breads (no crust, no seeds or whole grains)
  • soft fresh fruit (i.e., banana)
  • soft cheeses (i.e., cream cheese, cottage cheese, Brie, etc.)

Things to Avoid During Your First Week of Recovery

AVOID STRAWS for the first week after surgery. Any suction caused by using straws can lead to more bleeding by dislodging the blood clots formed in the extraction sites.

AVOID SEEDS or any foods that contain seeds, such as strawberries and raspberries or sesame seeds. These can get caught in the extraction sites and cause irritation.

AVOID ACIDIC DRINKS/FOODS such as orange, lemon, pineapple juice or tomato products, such as salsa. The acidity may irritate and sting the extraction sites.

AVOID HARD/STICKY FOODS such as corn nuts, caramel, peanut butter, nuts, popcorn, whole apples, granola, raw carrots, tortilla/potato chips, jerky, corn on the cob, and hard candy. After the first week, it is fine to eat what you are comfortable with but nothing harder than sourdough bread crust for at least four weeks after surgery.

Any questions or concerns? Please contact our office at Linda K. Miyatake, D.D.S., M.D., Inc.
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Phone Number
(650) 347-7014