In the first days and weeks after your get your new dentures, your mouth will need time to adjust to your new appliance, and you’ll find you’ll have to subsist on a soft diet for a while. Here are a few food suggestions to help you avoid getting bored!
In the first days after your extraction, and once again after you are first fitted for your new dentures, you will have to subsist on a diet of soft or liquid foods.
To make this time easier on you, plan ahead and have a variety of interesting meal and snack options at home and at the ready.
Take some time to cook your favourite soft meals, freeze portions, and do some meal planning so that you’re not at a loss. Make a couple of trips to the grocery store ahead of time 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 want to go out very often. Having lots of options on hand will really help make things easier.
What foods should I eat?
Here is an extensive list of soft food options that will help you get through your first days and weeks with dentures:
- 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
- Low sodium vegetable juice
- Fruit juice
- Smoothie ingredients
- Bananas and other soft fruits
- Eggs (which you can cook any way you please!)
- Regular or baked beans
- A variety of sauces
- Meats that you can cook soft, like fish or ground poultry
- Oatmeal or porridge
- Muffins, pancakes, and waffles
- Icecream and custard (treat yourself!)
- Cottage cheese, ricotta, mascarpone
- 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