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what to eat for two weeks after major gum surgery

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That's the bad news. I'm hoping the good news will be from chowhounds who can suggest delicious soft things I can eat to sustain me during these trying times. Thanks in advance.

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  1. Gazpacho; tapioca pudding; chicken a la king on biscuits; Cuban black bean soup; ice cream sundaes; eggs scrambled with cheese and chives; ice-cold V-8; angel hair pasta with a sauce of tomatoes, onions, peppers, and eggplant; lemon meringue pie; moussaka; split pea soup with ham; oven-fried catfish fillet with sweet & sour pineapple sauce and rice; big baked sweet potatoes busted open and filled with brown sugar and butter; baked beans; shrimp bisque; chocolate malteds.

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    1. re: N Tocus

      during a recent bout with a broken molar I tried Campbell's potato soup with bacon & cheddar. Thumbs way down. However the idea still appealed to me, made my own soup added good cheddar & real bacon stirred in at the end, easy going down & real good, plus it was filling!

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      1. Having been through it, I'll say that for the first day or two even scrambled eggs might be too much.
        What worked best for me was Cream of Wheat, or something similar. You can dress it up with brown sugar or butter. It has no grains to get stuck in dangerous places. You can get individual packets, and give the rest of it away afterwards.
        Applesauce works well, too.
        After the first few days, all those other good suggestions can come into play.
        Good luck!


        1. ryan's lowfat creamed spinach. this is one of those things you just have to taste to understand. You take spinach. Alot. sautee with fresh chopped garlic and olive oil and sea salt in huge pot and close lid. when leaves are wilted put in blender and puree to pre-babyfood consistancy. Its so creamy as is, it seems like it contains cream and cheese but Now to finish:

          For ryan's Fancy spinach add a little truffle oil and chevre. The strong taste of both ingrediants need only a drop of fat to taste like the spinach is pure fat.

          For ryan's Comfort spinach add a little chedder cheese and nutmeg.

          For ryan's chinese spinach add soysauce and fresh ginger.

          serve all at room temperature.

          1. I am sure your periodontist gave you a list of stuff not to eat. Please make sure he included berries(small seeds). As one who brought wild huckleberries back from the northwest during this period, i was very acutely aware of this problem with my first mouthful. he has since added this to his list but it was a very eye-opening experience. actually, other than that anything that wasn't on the list was perfectly fine.

            1. I lived on milkshakes, vanilla pudding, Cozy Shack rice pudding, instant mashed potatoes with lots of butter & parmesan after my gum surgeries...obviously my thighs and derriere soon resembled all these foods

              1. Really good chicken soup with matzoh balls?????? Ryan's spinach sounds terrific!!

                1. You've had lots of good suggestions. I'll give you a warning. Be careful what you eat, i.e. don't become to indulgent. I managed to *gain* weight when I had my jaw wired shut a few years ago.

                  1. Well, tomorrow is d-day. Thanks to all for the great suggestions--food and otherwise. I'll do some soft food shopping tonight and hope for the best.

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                    1. re: micki

                      When I had my wisdom teeth pulled out (turned into major gum surgery along the way) I lived on cheesy soft scrambled eggs, mashed potatoes and ice cream for 2 days. Funny enough, those were the things I craved - maybe 'cause they're such comfort foods. Best of luck to you!

                      1. re: micki

                        Oh, gum surgery is such misery! Don't know what you're having done, but I've had three bouts of gum grafting and it's no fun. My most recent experience was just two weeks ago, and I'm pretty well recovered by now.

                        People have made lots of good suggestions for soft foods, and you'll probably find that you can add texture as your mouth heals. My mouth really hurt the first and second times I had surgery, and all I wanted was juice for the first few days. Even then, some kinds were too acidic and stung my mouth. After about 48 hours I could eat eggs, yogurt, avocado: things that were solid but could be licked off a spoon. Then come things that you can cut into small pieces and keep away from the healing parts of your mouth. Last to return are foods that break into hard crumbs, such as tortilla chips. You'll know what you can take.

                        A few more tips... get your prescriptions filled and your aftercare instructions BEFORE the surgery. Afterwards you'll just want to go home as quickly as possible.

                        Bring some music to distract you during the surgery (if you'll be awake). I turned on something lively and kept my eyes closed throughout -- the further away you can take yourself, the better.

                        Stock up on different kinds of ice packs, such as frozen peas/corn, those gel things that go in coolers, etc. You'll be rotating them on and off and you'll need a few so they can harden up after being at room temp for awhile.

                        You've probably already laid in lots of magazines and movies...you may finally get through those back issues of The Economist, but don't be shy about reading junk either :) I didn't want to read about food because it made me feel even more deprived but that's up to you.

                        Good luck!

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                        Allie D'Augustine

                        Just a warning: I had dental surgery twelve years ago and haven't been able to look at a milkshake since then.

                        The moral of the story is: don't eat too much of a good thing! The only other thing I've had this trouble with was Boston Cream Donuts from Dunkin' Donuts. I ate six of them, once, and I was only able to eat them again the other day.


                        1. Congee. Plain and slow cooked until the rice is practically dissolved. If you think your tender gums can take it then add a bit of grated ginger. Otherwise, only season with salt. It's purity. And cleansing.

                          Funny, my husband is having the same done today. Good luck.