A new set of dentures is not only about boosted confidence and a happier smile but improving one’s health too. The right set of quality dentures can help improve your diet and inspire you to cook new food options that your old set of dentures may have prevented you from doing so. With a quality made denture you should be able to eat almost all the foods that one can enjoy with natural teeth.
At Total Denture Care, we offer a holistic approach to treatment for our patients – it’s not only what is on the outside that matters but very much what is on the inside too. We’ve put together some healthy eating tips below to guide you on the right track to a more nourished diet:
- Whilst adjusting to your new set of dentures, over the first 24 hours we recommend eating soft and non-sticky foods. Some soft foods high in nutrition include eggs, yoghurt, porridge, soups, steamed or boiled vegetables, beans, soft fruits such as bananas and avocados, lentils and fruit/ vegetable smoothies and juices; or cooked rice and pasta. You can add herbs and spices to flavor these simple nutritional meals.
- After 24 hours wearing your new dentures, you can introduce slightly harder foods into your diet such as baked or fried vegetables, fish and chicken. Alternatively, for more solid foods to introduce into your diet, you can look at slow cooking meals (as this can add extra flavor too) such as beef brisket, pulled pork or pot roast; or minced meats that can be used in casseroles and pies.
- Just remember as a rule of thumb the bigger the denture (i.e. full/complete denture) the longer the adjusting period will be compared to a small partial denture which generally will adjust very quickly.
- Always remember to cut solid food into smaller bite-sized pieces, chew your food slowly and on both sides of your mouth. This will not only make it easier to chew but digest food too.
- With harder foods that you enjoy, experiment with different ways you can still eat these. For example, if you love apples but are worried you can’t bite into a whole apple, you can cut it into smaller pieces or use the apple to make a baked crumble.
- As some dentures are less sensitive to heat, it is important that you take care when consuming hot food whilst you become accustomed to new levels of heat.
- To avoid damage to your dentures, try to avoid hard nuts and chewing gum.