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A long-time dilemma for oral surgeons and their patients has been what patients can do after a surgery makes it impossible to eat normally or even open your mouth. If you cannot chew for a time after your surgery, it’s time to start getting creative with your food.

Different oral surgeries require different recovery times and situations. After wisdom teeth removal, for example, you will simply need to eat soft foods for about seven to 10 days. If you have extensive jaw surgery, however, you could have your jaw wired shut for up to six weeks. This means that you will need to liquefy all of your foods and sip them through your teeth.

To help you avoid getting bored from eating the same things, and to help you get the nutrients you need, we recommend that you have a high-powered blender that can puree and liquefy foods. Below are some ideas for soft foods to eat and solid foods you can liquefy:

-Breakfast pancakes and soft cereals like oatmeal or cream-of-wheat
-Meatloaf and some casseroles
-Mashed potatoes with gravy, or sweet potatoes
-Baby food
-Macaroni and cheese
-Milkshakes, smoothies, yogurt, ice cream
-Ramen noodles
-All kinds of soup
-Scrambled eggs and sunny-side puree
-Applesauce and fruit puree

For those who need to undergo oral surgery, Dr. Daniel Cannon and our team at Cannon Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery would be happy to give you more information and advice. Please contact us at 918.743.1351 to make your appointment at our dental practice in Tulsa, Oklahoma.