When you first get new dentures, your mouth will need time to adjust to your new appliance. Here are a few soft food suggestions to help you avoid getting bored!
At certain stages of the denture process, particularly the first days after your extraction and after you are first fitted for your new dentures, you will need to subsist on a diet of soft or liquid foods.
But don't worry, this type of diet does not have to be boring! By planning ahead and having a variety of interesting meal and snack options at home and ready for you during this uncomfortable time, you can continue to ear a varied and tasty diet. It can really help to spend some time cooking and freezing your favourite soft meals, doing some menu planning, and making a couple of trips to the grocery store to stock up on supplies.
Particularly if you have to have teeth extracted, or have to go for a time without teeth as your dentures are prepared, you may not feel up to going out too much. Having lots of options on hand can reduce the need to do so.
What foods should I eat?
Here are an extensive list of soft food options you can stock up on or prepare before your appointment:
- Home cooked big-batch soups
- Canned soups (if you prefer not to cook)
- Vegetables (almost any vegetable can be cooked soft)
- Leafy greens to cook down
- Fruit juice
- Low sodium vegetable juice
- Smoothie ingredients
- Eggs (which you can cook any way you please!)
- Bananas and other soft fruits
- Regular or baked beans
- A variety of sauces
- Meats that you can cook soft, like fish or ground poultry
- Muffins, pancakes, and waffles
- Oatmeal or porridge
- Cottage cheese, ricotta, mascarpone
- Icecream and custard (this is a good excuse to treat yourself...)
- Hard cheeses for melting or shredding into dishes
- Soft breads for dipping
You may find it helpful to invest in any of the following cooking tools if you don’t have them already:
- Food processor
- Immersion blender
- Potato ricer