• Soups (not too chunky) – virtually any combination of vegetables can be made into a soup, or buy ready made ones
  • Mashed avocado/guacamole; ripe avocado
  • Fresh spinach, kale or other greens, cooked very soft
  • Sweet potatoes or kumara, baked until very soft or mashed/pureed
  • Soft-cooked or mashed carrots, squash, pumpkin
  • Cauliflower and broccoli, cooked very soft
  • Vegetable curry, cooked very soft (serve with boiled rice or mashed (sweet) potato)
  • Vegetable juice (such as tomato or carrot juice)

Make sure you add some fat to your veggies (e.g. rapeseed/canola or olive oil) so that the fat-soluble vitamins A, D, E, and K will be better absorbed. You don’t need to do this for avocado, as it is naturally high in fat.



  • Mashed bananas
  • Baked apples
  • Baked bananas
  • Applesauce (U.S.)
  • Fruit juice
  • Fruit smoothies


Meat, fish, beans, eggs and other protein foods:

  • Chilli con (or sin) carne
  • Dhal or well-cooked lentils
  • Bolognese to go with pasta or mashed potatoes (for a veggie version, try finely chopped mushrooms or soy mince)
  • Soup with soft meats
  • Moist, tender meat or poultry that is ground, shredded, finely chopped or blended with vegetables or potatoes, using a food processor
  • Soft-cooked fish
  • Fisherman’s pie
  • Shepherd’s pie
  • Crab cakes
  • Scrambled egg
  • Omelettes (with chopped tomatoes/mushrooms/herbs/spinach/cheese/whatever)
  • Poached eggs
  • Beans (mashed if necessary)
  • Baked Beans
  • Tofu and silken tofu
  • Minced tofu


Bread, rice, potatoes, pasta:

  • Mashed potatoes
  • Pasta or noodles (not al dente!)
  • Risotto, cooked rice
  • Rice pudding
  • Cooked cereal, porridge (with or without mashed fruit)
  • Cold cereal which has been left to soak in milk or soy milk until soft
  • Bread that has been softened in soup
  • Soft bread rolls
  • Muffins, pancakes, waffles


Milk and dairy products (and soy equivalents):

  • Milkshakes, milk (or soy) drinks
  • (Soy) Yoghurt
  • (Soy) Yoghurt drinks
  • (Soy) Yoghurt with soft fruits
  • (Soy) Ice cream! (without crunchy bits)
  • (Soy) Frozen Yoghurt
  • Cottage cheese, ricotta cheese
  • Any soft cheese
  • Cheese in sauces or melted in other dishes


Desserts and sweets:

  • Custard
  • More Ice cream!!
  • Soft moist cake or pie – moisten in milk, coffee or other liquid if necessary
  • Jelly


Supplement drinks:

If you are in the UK, your GP may be able to give you a prescription for supplement drinks such as Ensure after oral surgery (especially if it is going to be a long recovery).

This page has been produced by the Dental Fear Central Web Team
Last reviewed on May 26, 2019.