Fractured Jaw Diet

This diet should be used after jaw or mouth surgery, wired jaw surgery, or dental surgery. The consistency of foods in this diet should be thin enough to be sipped from a straw or given through a syringe. It is important to consume enough calories and protein to prevent weight loss and to promote healing after surgery. You will need to have 3 meals and 3 snacks daily.

It is important to eat from a variety of food groups. Foods you normally eat may be blended to the correct texture.

INSTRUCTIONS FOR BLENDING FOODS

  • Prepare foods by removing skins, seeds, and peels.

  • Cook meats and vegetables thoroughly. Avoid using raw eggs. Powdered or pasteurized egg mixtures may be used.

  • Cut foods into small pieces and mix with a small amount of liquid in a food processor or blender. Continue to add liquids until foods become thin enough to sip through a straw.

  • Add juice, milk, cream, broth, gravy, or vegetable juice to add flavor and to thin foods.

  • Blending foods sometimes causes air bubbles that may not be desirable. Heating foods after blending will reduce the foam produced from blending.

TIPS

  • If you are losing weight, you may need to add extra calories to your food by:

  • Adding powdered milk or protein powder to food.

  • Adding extra fats, such as tub margarine, sour cream, cream cheese, cream, nut butters (such as peanut butter or almond butter), and half-and-half.

  • Adding sweets, such as honey, ice cream, black strap molasses, or sugar.

  • Your teeth and mouth may be sensitive to extreme temperatures. Heat or cool your foods only to lukewarm or cool temperatures.

  • Stock your pantry with a variety of liquid nutritional supplement drinks.

  • Take a liquid multivitamin to ensure you are getting adequate nutrients.

  • Use baby food if you are short on time or energy.

FOOD CHOICES

ALL FOODS MUST BE BLENDED.

Starches

4 servings or more

  • Hot cereals, such as oatmeal, grits, ground wheat cereals, and polenta.

  • Mashed potatoes.

Vegetables

3 servings or more

  • All vegetables and vegetable juices.

Fruit

2 servings or more

  • All fruits and fruit juices.

Meat and Meat Substitutes

2 servings or more (6 oz per day)

  • Soft-boiled eggs, scrambled eggs, cottage cheese, cheese sauce.

  • Ground meats, such as hamburger, turkey, sausage, meatloaf.

  • Custard, baby food meat.

Milk

2 cups or equivalent

  • Liquid, powdered, or evaporated milk.

  • Buttermilk or chocolate milk.

  • Drinkable yogurt.

  • Sherbert, ice cream, milkshakes, eggnog, pudding, and liquid supplements.

Beverages

  • Coffee (regular or decaffeinated), tea, and mineral water.

  • Liquid supplements.

Condiments

  • All seasonings and condiments that blend well.