During the first few days and weeks after you get new dentures, your mouth will need to adjust to your new appliance, and you’ll have to eat a soft diet for a while. Here are a few food suggestions to help you avoid getting bored!
During different stages of the denture process, including the first days after your extraction, and then after you are first fitted for your new dentures, you will have to subsist on a diet of soft or liquid foods.
But don't worry, it doesn't have to be boring! You can plan ahead and have a variety of interesting meals and snacks at home and ready for you during this uncomfortable time. Spend some time 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.
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 will really help.
What foods should I eat?
Here is an extensive list of soft food options you can stock up on or preparing 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