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A recipe for happy, confident eating
When it comes to eating with dentures, food shouldn’t be frightening, but there are a few things worth remembering when you’re out grocery shopping or enjoying a meal.
Here are a few tips to make eating and drinking as normal as possible and some advice on the best foods to start with if you’re New to Dentures. If you’re patient and take things slowly you’ll soon realise that eating with dentures is nothing to worry about.
Denture-friendly foods include liquids, soups and soft puddings. This might sound a bit unexciting but once you’ve got the hang of eating again you can then move onto a wider variety of foods.
As soon as you feel more confident and ready for solid foods, you can try things like eggs, fish, cheese, chopped meat, cooked vegetables and ice cream.
Red meat can be challenging so a good idea is to try poultry or fish first. If you want to keep meat in your diet, you can stew or slow cook it so it’s tender and easier to eat.
Food particles can cause irritation and spoil the enjoyment of your food, but foods with small seeds, crusty breads and nuts aren’t off the menu as Polident® is proven to seal out food particles, giving you increased comfort and confidence. Polident® offers flavoured and non-flavoured variants.
Denture adhesives can help you eat more of the foods you enjoy.
It’s not just what you eat; it’s how you eat it.
Try to balance food evenly in your mouth when you chew so your dentures stay secure when you’re eating. Chew slowly and try not to bite down with your front teeth.
Remember that hot food will take a bit of getting used to as your mouth won’t be able to sense heat in the same way as it did before.
A top tip is just to take your time, start slowly and build up to the trickier foods.
Recipes that are good for your new dentures and great for your taste buds
2 tbsp. mayonnaise
1 tsp. vinegar
1 tsp. mustard
½ tsp. ground turmeric
¼ tsp. dried dill
1 tbsp. dried parsley
1 lb. tofu
1 tbsp. onion powder
2 tbsp. celery powder
Salt and pepper
Place the mayonnaise, vinegar, mustard, turmeric, dill and parsley into a dish and mix well – this will form the salad dressing. Put the mixture into the refrigerator until it is chilled.
Crumble the tofu into a separate bowl and then stir in the onion powder and celery powder. Add both the salad dressing and the tofu mix together – season with salt and pepper and then chill for several hours before serving.
1 cup of cottage cheese
2 tbsp. of chopped parsley
1/8 tsp. paprika or spice of your choice
1 tbsp. butter
1 ½ tsp. salt
If serving as a starter, 6 individual dishes can be used. If preparing for the family, one large dish is fine.
Grease your chosen baking dish. Pour the cottage cheese into the dish ensuring it’s even and then break the eggs over the top. Season with salt and add more cheese on top of the eggs. The parsley, paprika and a small piece of butter is added to the top and then the dish can be placed in a shallow pan of hot water and placed into the oven until the eggs are set.
1 ½ cups of diced potatoes
½ cup of diced cucumber
½ cup of diced celery
Any salad dressing of your choice
Add potatoes into a pan and fill with enough water to cover them completely. Add some salt to the water and then bring to the boil. The potatoes are done when they’re tender. Leave to cool. Dice all other vegetables and place them in a bowl or salad dish. Add the potatoes. Before serving, season well with salt and add your salad dressing of choice. Mix well.