When your first get new dentures, your mouth will need to adjust to your new appliance, which mean you’ll have to eat a soft diet for a while. Here are a few food suggestions to help you avoid getting bored!
During first days after your extraction, and then after you are first fitted with your new dentures, you will have to subsist on a diet of soft or liquid foods.
Many people dread this part of the process, but it doesn't have to be boring! If you plan ahead a little, you can keep your diet varied and interesting throughout this time. Try cooking and freezing your favourite soft meals, doing some meal planning, and making a couple of trips to the grocery store to stock up on supplies well ahead of time to make it easier.
Particularly if you will be having 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 will really help.
What foods should I eat?
The following list of soft food options is fairly extensive, and can help you come up with creative ideas for meals:
- 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
It might also be helpful to invest in any of the following cooking tools if you don’t have them already:
- Food processor
- Immersion blender
- Potato ricer