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Have you ever sipped on liquified steak? It’s not bad—especially if you haven’t eaten meat for a while. All you need to do is chop the meat into small cubes, throw them in a blender with beef or chicken broth, and puree until it has a smooth consistency.

This is what you do when oral surgery makes it impossible to eat normally or open your mouth at all. If you cannot chew for a time, or if you need to take in your nourishment through liquids, you’ll need to get creative in order to not become bored with your food choices.

The healing time required for some oral surgeries can range anywhere from a week to several weeks or even months. Some procedures allow you to eat soft foods while others, such as jaw surgery, may require you to eat everything as a liquid.

If you’ll be liquefying your food for some time, we recommend that you get a high-powered blender that is able to puree and completely liquify foods. We know that some of you may be hesitant to try liquefied foods, but you may be surprised as to how good they taste. Here are some soft foods you can eat or try liquefying:

-Milkshakes, smoothies, yogurt, ice cream
-Ramen noodles
-Soups of every kind
-Applesauce and fruit puree
-Breakfast pancakes and cereals like cream-of-wheat or oatmeal
-Scrambled eggs and sunny-side puree
-Meatloaf and some casseroles
-Mashed potatoes and gravy, sweet potatoes
-Baby food
-Jell-O
-Mac and cheese

If you are about to undergo oral or jaw surgery, Dr. Ercole, Dr. Geunes, and our team at Ocean State Oral Surgery Center, L.L.C. can help you know what foods you can eat during your recovery. Please contact us at 401-353-1515 to learn more, and to make an appointment with our oral surgeons in North Providence, Rhode Island.