Dietary Instructions and Recommendations

For an extensive dietary guide, please visit the Boston Children’s Hospital Dietary Reference for non-chew diet

Arizona Jaw Surgery Diet Instructions and Ideas

Full Liquid Diet Ideas

Make sure to stay hydrated and drink at least 2 liters of fluids per day. Break it up so that you are having 4-5 “meals” or snacks throughout the day. It is difficult to drink large quantities at once. Focus on trying to add protein sources as this helps the healing process.  Avoid using a straw as this will pull on your incisions sites which could cause them to open and increase your pain.

  • Apple sauce
  • Oatmeal
  • Pureed soups or broth
  • Pudding
  • Jello
  • Smoothies
  • Cottage cheese
  • Yogurt
  • Milkshakes

Non-Chew (Mushy) Diet

Foods that can be smashed with your tongue and roof of your mouth or cut up small enough that you do not need to chew but can just swallow the foods. Think of your fork and knife as your teeth. DO NOT CHEW FOOD BETWEEN YOUR TEETH!

  • Fluffy scrambled eggs
  • Lasagna (Cut small so you do not have to chew)
  • Mac & Cheese – Cut small
  • Flaky fish – Salmon
  • Casseroles
  • Beans and Rice
  • Very soupy enchiladas cut small
  • Fluffy pancakes