The thought of getting any dental work turns out to be unsettling. May it be a simple tooth filling, or the dreaded root canals and wisdom tooth extraction, some amount of pre-preparation lets this entire process sail smoothly. Yet another unfortunate part of any dental procedure is not being able to eat a morsel.

It takes days for some patients to be able to eat the seven-course meal whole-heartedly. For many, it becomes a bit frustrating when the dental doctor suggests staying on soft or boiled food for several days.

But do not dishearten yourself, as there are many varieties of food recipes to cater to your gastronomic desires! Read on to gather an idea of which all food you should eat right after your dental work.

Potato mash

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Potato mash is an excellent choice, especially after your tooth extraction and root canal. This delicious dish gets more wholesome when the potato is well-mashed with beaten cream, grated cheese, along with a dash of herbs. You are free to add your likings to this soft food.

These ingredients should not hurt your treated portion. Also, avoid sticky foods like chewing gum, candy, or any toffees. Never eat these in-between the two sittings for your tooth crowning, post root canal. Before planting the permanent resin crown, you have to be extra careful of the temporary crown. Any sticky food might dislodge the same.

Wholesome soup

Any thick soup comes packed with many nutrients. While consuming the same, along with your mouth, the dish is taking good care of your health! While preparing the soup; you can boil your choice of vegetables and meat. These can be thoroughly mashed and mixed in the liquid. Chop them into small pieces and add some spices to make this healthy dish wholesome and tasty.

Baked Vegetables and meat


Try your hands into baking your choicest vegetables and meat. If done in the right manner, along with the proper ingredients, the same turns out to be very tasty as well as nutritious. This baked dish will never hurt your treated tooth or gums.


Ice, Ice Cream, Ice Cream Sundae, Sweet, Ice Cream Cone

Can any of us deny loving ice-cream? We have no excuses for that. And especially after the dental treatment, it becomes an ‘immediate add-on’ in our diet! The dentist himself prescribes to his patients as ice-cream never effects negatively. But, avoid having it in a cone. Have the same with a spoon to help in healing the treated areas.

Protein-rich Diets

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Go for a protein-rich diet after your dental treatment. You can have protein-based foods, like chicken, salmon, tuna, or beef, as they are soft to chew. Prepare them well by roasting, chopping, or baking. They will never trouble the areas inside the mouth that have gone under any dental work.

Several aspects to keep in mind

There are many aspects which you have to keep in mind, even if you have soft food. Post dental surgery, for the specified time-frame by the dentist, you have to be very careful. These tips will help in healing your mouth without posing issues.

  • Keep yourself well-hydrated by drinking lots of water and other fluids.
  • Did you know that black tea aids are stopping a blood clot? Post-surgery, if the operated area bleeds, bite a moistened black tea bag to put a stop to bleeding.
  • During the first 24 hours of your dental treatment or any dental surgery, be cautious of rinsing your mouth with water. After that, rinse with lukewarm saltwater.
  • Avoid using straws. While having a drink, the very suction-movement might affect the blood clots from the areas that have undergone dental work.
  • Cook your food right, which you are consuming. Rarely done ones cause damage inside your mouth.
  • Cool your food and drink before intake, as the mouth is in a sensitive state, post any dental treatments or surgeries.

Foods to avoid after dental work:

  • After any dental procedure, you should avoid having any alcoholic, carbonated, or caffeine mixed drink or beverages.
  • Keep hot beverages at bay for at least 24 to 48 hours.
  • Avoid having any spicy food. It will cause further irritation on the affected gums.
  • Too much acidic or sour food will deteriorate the portions that have gone under surgery.
  • Quit smoking for at least 24 hours, especially after you have gone under tooth extraction. If done, then it will cause strain in the socket.


What we consume, the whole nutrition has a direct impact on our health, including the teeth and gums. But it works the other way too. Whether you go under root canal, tooth extraction, silver filling, crowning, or fitting of braces, be very careful for the initial few days.

What you have is directly related to your dental health. The tips, as mentioned earlier, of what you should eat after these dental works stand as excellent future guidelines. You are now ready to have proper food, without starving yourself after any dental job.

Be satisfied with what you eat, but in the right manner, as directed. Take good care of your mouth after any dental procedure by daily flossing and brushing your pearly whites. Be the proud owner of healthy whites and gums!