Foods I Can Eat After Having My Teeth Pulled

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August 14, 2010

What foods do you eat after you have all your teeth pulled out?

By staceycotten from GA


August 14, 20103 found this helpful
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You can eat everything you are eating now. You may have to put some foods through a food processor, even a small one will work just fine.

You can turn almost any soup into a cream soup until your gums toughen up, or you have dentures. Some things are easier to eat without the dentures, so be prepared to experiment until you are happy with the results.

Wishing you the best.


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August 18, 20102 found this helpful
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Hello, my daughter is an RDA. She said do not use a straw! The straw can cause any sutures or clots to break and bleed.


She also said to eat very soft foods. She recommends having your new dentures placed in your mouth immediately after your teeth are pulled. Please ask your Oral Surgeon for any advice. Good luck.

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August 18, 20102 found this helpful
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Have popsicles ready for when you immediately get your teeth pulled. The cold feels wonderful, and you can reach in and put them right where you need it. However, do not suck them! You can suck out the clot that forms in the tooth's socket, which allows the incision to properly heal. It is extremely painful. Just allow them to melt in your mouth. After a few days, you will feel better and be able to eat much more.

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June 14, 20155 found this helpful
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I'm having the last of my teeth pulled so I can get dentures. From my experience this whole list of meals are easy to consume with no teeth:


-imitation crab
-hamburger helper
-cottage cheese
-mashed potatoes
-shepherd's pie
-pulled chicken or pork meat
-tuna (and tuna sandwiches)
-most canned food
-diced tomatoes and macaroni
-pork chops w/mushroom soup in crockpot
-sloppy joe's
-- and, of course, ensure

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October 13, 20172 found this helpful
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The first few days your gums will be sore so you probably will not feel like eating a lot, but you will want to keep your fluids up so plan on drinking extra fluids. When you do get hungry, start out with soft foods like scrambled eggs, oatmeal or grits. Stock up on soups, and it should be easy to eat mashed potatoes, or you can mash up steamed vegetables such as carrots or buttered peas and rice.


As your gums start to heal and the pain subsides and of course the swelling subsides you will find it easier to start eating other foods but it's a fairly slow process. Best of luck to you!

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I just had all my upper teeth removed on the 15th of the month. When will I be able to eat foods like pizza, fried chicken, steak tacos, or chitterlings?


January 21, 20181 found this helpful
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It can take a couple of weeks. You can try cutting the pieces of food into very small bites.

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January 23, 20181 found this helpful
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I would advise you to first contact the dentist where you had your teeth extracted. I am sure right now you can only eat soft food, hard food would probably cut into the gums.

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January 9, 2015

I had 5 teeth removed 18 hours ago and would like to ask if I can eat chicken? When can I start eating normal food? I would like a answer as soon as possible. Thanks.


By Veruschka G


January 9, 20152 found this helpful
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Didn't the dentist give you any ideas about this? That being said I wouldn't want to risk getting food particles in the cavity where the teeth were. I would think cream type soups would be OK, and I also ate a lot of baby food when I had my teeth pulled.

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November 8, 2014

I had all my teeth removed. What can I eat?

By Peder


November 9, 20141 found this helpful
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Yogurt. Milk puddings. Applesauce. Soups, with crackers or bread soaked or dipped in. (Immediately after, you don't want hot things, but you can cool them off. And you want soups that are blended or with very mushy things for the first little while.) Mashed potatoes or any mashed veggies.


Mash or blend things that are soft already, like sardines or even tuna or salmon. Drink Boost or those meal replacement drinks. It is not that other foods are unsafe, but that they require chewing, which you will not be able to do for awhile.

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August 10, 2018

I had 3 top teeth pulled 2 days ago. Is it safe to eat peanut butter and jelly sandwiches made on safe bread?


August 10, 20181 found this helpful

I would cut it in small pieces first

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August 10, 20180 found this helpful

My dentist and my husband's oral surgeon always give very specific directions on what to and not to eat and how many days post surgery.

To be safe, if your dental person didn't tell you, I strongly recommend to call the office back and ask.

Some foods can pull on stitches or get lodged and that can cause infection and gum damage. Safety first with stuff like this. Dental infections are you want to follow their directions to a T.

Good luck! Hope you heal quickly!

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August 11, 20180 found this helpful

i would avoid foods that are in essence very sticky and sugary that can get lodged and cause disease and peanut butter and jam on whatever bread sounds like it to me

also you should not smoke for at least a month, if that's your thing

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August 12, 20180 found this helpful

My friend just went through similar dental surgery and he was instructed to eat only soft (soup-like food) for 2 weeks (when he returns for a check-up).

This may not be to your liking but it is important that you eat nothing that may cause a problem later on as good care right now will mean a lot when you finally get your new teeth.

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August 12, 20181 found this helpful

Personally I would avoid peanut butter and jelly sandwiches. Probably would just eat bread by itself (un-toasted) especially if you had 3 top teeth pulled.

Perhaps smoothie, yogurt or soup. You should follow up with your surgeon or dentist in regards what to eat/not eat, or their recommendations.

Peanut butter and jelly is chewy, sticky - would require flossing and brushing throughly.

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August 14, 20180 found this helpful

When I had 8 pulled in one day, I was hungry but knew I couldn't eat for a few days. I invented "Instant Potato Soup". I took the packaged Idahoan and made it with 3 cups of water instead of 2. It's going to solidify on your stomach later but it goes down with something warm and satisfying. Another good one is yogurt, keeping your dairy up and the salt down. Your teeth will help but for now, be gentle with yourself.

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June 25, 20190 found this helpful

I've worked in dental for 12 years. No smoking for at least 24 hours after your extractions. No using a straw for 48-72 hours, as sucked can release the blood clot and trust me, you've never felt true pain until you've experienced a dry socket! Eat soft foods like mashed taters, yogurts, and creamy soups for at least 24 hours. You don't want to chew anything on the extraction site(s) until the clot has formed and the healing process begins. Basically, you know when you can eat more solid foods. Definitely nothing seedy, no peanuts and no popcorn. If you do go for a PB&J sandwich, cut it into small, bite-sized pieces and place in mouth away from extraction site(s). I don't suggest pizza or any kind of chips, as the crust and all chips have the ability to cut into your gums and this could prove to be very painful. Your body knows what it can tolerate. The main rule is NO smoking and NO straws for the first little while as stated earlier. Call your dentist if you are ever in doubt.

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July 26, 20190 found this helpful

Pb&J is on my list of APPROVED foods to eat.

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August 14, 2010

I have to have all my teeth pulled to get dentures, weak teeth run in my family. I was wondering what kinds of food will be soft to eat, that don't require any chewing, besides the usual mashed potatoes, pudding, and Jell-O. Any ideas would be gratefully appreciated, as Monday I will only have a few teeth on top until they pull those, then no teeth.

Thank you!
jmz2005 from IL


Foods I Can Eat After Having My Teeth Pulled

The best advice I received when I had my last 9 teeth pulled was, start drinking pineapple juice a couple days prior to the extractions. The reason being, and this goes for any surgery by the way, is the pineapple juice contains properties that aid in the healing and the speed of the healing of the wound, or in this case, your gums. And I can testify it really does work. So pucker up, down the pineapple juice, forget the silly adhesives. And welcome to gummersville!

By Nana

Foods I Can Eat After Having My Teeth Pulled

Canned pasta is pretty soft and how about Ensure? (03/02/2007)

By Karen

Foods I Can Eat After Having My Teeth Pulled

What ever you do "don't use a straw"
the sucking can pull out the clot and create a painful dry socket!

By Diana

Foods I Can Eat After Having My Teeth Pulled

Soups, chili, soft pasta, mushy casseroles, smoothies (add protein powder to these), bananas, and watermelon. (03/02/2007)

By Linda

Foods I Can Eat After Having My Teeth Pulled

Yogurt! (03/02/2007)

By Marna

Foods I Can Eat After Having My Teeth Pulled

Soups and ice cream come to mind, also. (03/02/2007)

By hwalz

Foods I Can Eat After Having My Teeth Pulled

Try other things like cream soups (let them cool a bit), Instant Breakfasts pureed with bananas work too, as does most anything you can puree. My girlfriend went through this a few years back and had fun coming up with things she could still enjoy just by putting them in her blender, sometimes having to add a bit more liquid then usually. Hope this helps. (03/02/2007)

Foods I Can Eat After Having My Teeth Pulled

How about applesauce, yogurt, custard, rice, noodles, tuna, and bananas? (03/02/2007)

By Diane Mattick

Foods I Can Eat After Having My Teeth Pulled

I would think any canned fruit. The peaches and pears are very soft. (03/02/2007)

By sandy

Foods I Can Eat After Having My Teeth Pulled

My mother in law had to have her teeth pulled and after a week or two was dying for something besides mashed potatoes, etc. I came up with a recipe that she loved and while it was still soft, it made her think she was getting "real food". The dish tasted like a tamale casserole. I took a can of meat chili without beans and put the contents in my blender. After the chili was blended I put it in a small pot, heated it, and kept it on warm until I was ready for it. I then cooked a bowl of polenta (or sometimes grits). After the polenta (or grits) were cooked, I stirred in grated yellow cheese until the polenta was a bright, rich yellow. I spooned the polenta (grits) into a baking dish, and made a well in the center. I then put the chili in the center, sprinkled the top with cheese and put it in the oven until the cheese was melted. Voila! A tasty tamale pie with no chewing needed. (03/02/2007)

By Sandra Stout

Foods I Can Eat After Having My Teeth Pulled

Good luck with your teeth! I work in a special needs class room and I can tell you that you can puree almost anything in a blender and eat it. It does not look very appetizing, but you can eat oatmeal mixed with pureed fruit, you can puree your meats and vegetables, and you can puree smoothies that are healthy and tasty. So, if you can get over how things look, you can still get good nutrients and get full when you puree what you might normally eat.

My student gets frozen dinners and we puree them sometimes and the kitchen at school purees all the vegetables and the meats for her, also.
I hope every thing goes well for you!
My friend also recommend using a juicer if you have one and supplementing juice concoctions with your meals. (03/03/2007)

By Tina H

Foods I Can Eat After Having My Teeth Pulled

I just made tuna noodle casserole and think this would be a good soft food. Soft macaroni and cheese. Rice and shredded chicken, or Spanish rice.

You can over cook any of these to make them softer or add more sauce.

Canned soups of different flavors. Maybe canned pasta like Chef Boyarde.

Maybe these aren't good for the first day or two, but after that should be fine.

Good luck, and I'm one of the people who had a temporary set put in right away. Worked great. (03/03/2007)

By chml

Foods I Can Eat After Having My Teeth Pulled

Sorbet, ice cream, apple sauce, squash. Puree some fruits and veggies. Custards. These are some ideas my co-worker and I came up with. I hope these are useful! (03/05/2007)

By Ramona Cooper

Foods I Can Eat After Having My Teeth Pulled

Beef Stew. Yum.

Personally, I don't like pureed foods. Something happens to the flavor. I just had my last 3 pulled 2 days ago and I found that I can eat anything, I can comfortably swallow. I just made my normal beef stew, except I cut every thing smaller. By the time it was all cooked (slowly for 2.5 hours) everything was plenty small enough to swallow. For the occasional larger piece, I would just smash it with my fork. I found the same is true with chili and bean soup. And it all tastes so much better. I don't care for prepared foods much so I usually cook my own meals.

By Fred

Foods I Can Eat After Having My Teeth Pulled

Stay away from grains or rice, they can get caught in the socket and cause major problems.(02/11/2008)

By trixz.


I just got 3 teeth pulled today and I made this wonderful baked potatoes with melted butter and mushrooms with a small amount of cheese. Don't forget to let it cool down. I would would stay away from all hot or warm food. (08/12/2008)

By Martin

Foods I Can Eat After Having My Teeth Pulled

This site was great and I wanted to share a few more. If you cut the edges (or crust) off of grilled cheese with 2 pieces of cheese per sandwich and only on white bread (wheat is much to rough when grilled) and let it cool for about 2 minutes it's just about perfect to gum it up. A nice tasty treat when you've gone 4 weeks on pudding, apple sauce, cake, ice cream, breakfast shakes, butter biscuits from Hardees, and of course lots to drink.

If you leave the crust on it is much harder to break down with your saliva, but without them they are gloriously tasty and you can actually get full from eating! I was so happy, now after a week I don't have it every day, but almost.

In case you haven't had enough sweets, those peanut butter filled Easter bunnies and Christmas trees are doable too, just don't bite with your soft pallet, that hurts! let it melt in your mouth. (12/04/2009)

By matt

Foods I Can Eat After Having My Teeth Pulled

My face is all black and blue with a total of 12 teeth out this week. I have no teeth now. I need to decide if dentures are the way to go. I have been eating scrambled eggs, mashed potatoes with meats puree such as knackwurst and chicken. I do it in the blender with add on broth. I take pudding and add crumb cake. I drink Boost, cranberry, gingerale, and non alcoholic beer. I cut off the crust off white bread and add cottage cheese or butter with jelly. (04/23/2010)

By Johnny

Foods I Can Eat After Having My Teeth Pulled

I just had 7 upper teeth pulled, no more, have to get the plate in about 4 weeks, but I have been trying homemade shakes, with ice cream and milk (eat with a spoon) soft eggs, then I decided I needed some meat. I took a tenderloin pork roast, potatoes with skin, carrots and cooked in the crock pot for about 5 hours, added some butter, smashed up the carrots and potatoes, cut the pork in tiny pieces, mixed together and wow, that was good, had to eat slowly, but well worth the wait. Just make sure the veggies are soft enough to mash up. Just miss the tacos and nachos, try soft flour tortillas with cheese also, and cheese enchiladas is also very easy to chew. (06/18/2010)

By Julia

Foods I Can Eat After Having My Teeth Pulled

Just had my last 6 teeth pulled out and now I have none! Some ideas for soft foods are salmon or tuna mornay with melted cheese, junket, mashed pumpkin and sweet potato with mashed potato, tin mangoes mashed, sponge cake soaked in jelly, asparagus mornay, fish steamed or baked in stock, potato or shepherds pie (mince and potato). Also, pure honey is an antibacterial and I have found it helps in healing, mouthfuls of honey on the wounds. Also, add herbs to cooking for healing. (06/28/2010)

By TooflessChik

Foods I Can Eat After Having My Teeth Pulled

I just had my teeth removed about two weeks ago. I have been eating baby food , pudding, jello, and drinking protein drinks. The only bad part to me is, I want normal food. But I do feel better. I also drink Ensure, too. All helps in feeling full. I hope this helps. Yes, baby food is like hospital food. Just add salt and pepper or what you like on normal foods. It does help the taste. (07/09/2010)

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