Eating well with Dentures

Exchanging your own teeth for partial of full dentures need not put the brakes on fun and healthy nutrition.  Here are some tips on how to get the most our of your new set of teeth:

Start out Small:

If you recently had dentures fitted, start with softer foods. Shakes are a good source of protein, as are eggs, and while you should have fish ever so often included in your meal plan anyway, now would be a great time for sauteed fish and vegetables such as squash and zucchini, that soften as they cook. If you like Mediterranean flavor, be sure to include a good amount of garlic; this way you even add a natural anti-inflammatory agent to help reduce swelling and aid the healing from recent extractions.

Petite is Pretty:

Dentures don’t slice and dice as easily as natural teeth do, so a simple way to ensure you can enjoy all your favorite meats and veggies is to aid the chopping process before you chew. Corn on the cob is probably not the best idea, but quick boiled frozen corn, prepared with hot butter and salt comes VERY close to the real thing. Generally, cut thinner slices,  and make smaller bites. If you love stringy greens like celery and kale, a good idea is to take out the blender and get your vitamins in a smoothie instead of a crunchy movie time snack.

Snack Smart:

Whole kernels and nuts are hard to bite with dentures, and can result in dislocating fitted pieces.  Simply substitute whole almonds with pre-sliced, or grind your choice of nuts to add to yoghurt, for example. On the opposite end of the scale are tiny seeds, like poppy and sesame, that might get stuck under the dentures. Make sure all those, as well as flax-seed, come in ground form, and you will enjoy their nutritional value without regret.

Sweet Stickies:

Something you should avoid. PB&J Sandwiches, caramel candy, chocolate fudge and the like…  are never good for natural teeth in that they encourage bacteria to feast on the sugars and attack our tooth enamel. While that is no longer the issue on dentures,  anything sticky is much harder to remove than just with a swipe of your tongue. Especially while you are out and about, you may not want the remnants of your sweet treat to ‘decorate’ your smile. If you really want to indulge, do so in moderation and be quick to clean your dentures thoroughly soon after.

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Dr. Mead is an educator in the dental field, as well as an experienced family dentist with his practice located in Purcell, Oklahoma.
To schedule an appointment or to ask questions, please call:
405.527.6568

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