The Best Soft Foods for Sore Teeth

best food for sore teeth

The first few days after getting your braces can be an adjustment period. Your teeth and mouth are getting used to some new additions, it’s completely normal! Within the first few days, you’ll notice that your teeth, and sometimes gums, will be sore and ache. This can take away the enjoyment of food, but that’s no reason to go hungry. There are plenty of soft food options that you can still enjoy. Our team has compiled a list of the best soft foods for sore teeth! 


While you might have to skip your usual cereal or toast for breakfast with sore teeth you can shift your meal towards dairy. Making yourself a smoothie with milk and fruit is a great way to switch up your breakfast and get some nutrients in without having to chew with sore teeth! 

Yogurt can also be a great soothing snack or just another tasteful part of your meal. Now’s a great time to enjoy some custard and ice cream, no bothering your sore teeth with these sweet treats! 


You may feel like steering clear from apples for a few days, there are still some fruits you can enjoy while your teeth are sore. 

There are plenty of soft fruit you are able to cut up and snack on! 

  • Watermelon
  • Cantelope
  • Strawberry
  • Blueberry
  • Banana 
  • Orange


Sorry, sore teeth won’t get you out of eating your vegetables – nice try! While you’ll want to pass on carrots and celery for now, there are still vegetables you can eat after they are cooked to soften them. 

Soups have always been a nourishing, comfort food, and can be packed with yummy vegetables. A chicken or vegetable soup can be cooked until all the vegetables are soft enough to eat as they require little chewing. 

Small vegetables like peans and corn off the cob also don’t require a lot of chewing. Making a baked potato can be an easy, and filling, meal option for the whole family! 

Grains and Pasta

Rice is a great addition to a meal as a side dish or the main meal, it’s a great soft food for sore teeth. 

Recipes that use tiny pasta, that doesn’t require a lot of chewing, are also great options for dinner. Soft, untoasted, bread paired with your favorite spread can add a new twist to your snack or lunch. Avoid any hard bread as that can irritate your sore teeth and make this transition a little more uncomfortable. 


You may want to keep chicken, pork, and steak off the menu for a few weeks while you settle into your braces. However, when the protein is minced up it can become easier and more comfortable to chew. Fish is also a great option because it is a soft food. 

Other Remedies for Sore Teeth

While eating soft foods for sore teeth is a great way to help keep the pain at bay, there are a few other remedies you can do to help make mealtime more enjoyable. 

Take a little extra time to make your meals softer or finer so there’s less chewing involved. Over-the-counter painkillers can help alleviate the discomfort so you can enjoy your food. Don’t worry, your soft food diet won’t last forever! You’ll be back to your braces-friendly food in no time.

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