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Tips for Eating Healthy with Immediate Dentures

For many patients who are about to lose all your teeth, you may be a candidate for an immediate denture, which means you’re going to be putting up with some swelling and sensitivity in your mouth until the healing process is complete.

Immediate dentures are temporary dentures and are placed in your mouth the same day that your teeth are extracted, so that you don’t have to go without any teeth. After the gum tissue and jaw bones have completely healed, a final denture is made with Immediate Dentures.

People with immediate dentures are faced with the challenge of “What do I eat?” The answer is a soft diet! This diet contains foods that are soft, thus easy to chew and swallow. And just because the foods are soft doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice taste or eating healthy! In fact, these meals can bring you small pleasures throughout the day during an otherwise challenging time.

Popular preparation methods:

  • Chopped
  • Ground
  • Mashed
  • Pureed
  • Steamed

Healthy breakfast food choices might include scrambled or poached eggs, a fruit/veggie smoothie or a bowl of steel cut oats.

Lunch can range from pureed soups, such as butternut squash or cream of tomato or lentils to whole grain pastas, ravioli, quinoa or rice dishes, yogurt smoothies, and tuna salad.

For dinner, eggs, tofu, meat loaf, tender fish, chilis, pureed squash and more are solid choices.

Apple sauce is a great food when you have immediate dentures.

Side Dish/Dessert

Apple sauce is a great side dish or dessert, especially if homemade out of organic apples and cinnamon. Also, consider using pears, peaches or apricots instead of apples.

Here is a single day of recipes to get you started! (Buy organic ingredients when available.)

Breakfast: Steel Cut Oats

Serves 2
1 Cup steel cut oats cooked in rice cooker with 4 Cups water. If cook in a pot, read preparation directions on the can, as steel cut oats require some time to prepare.
Optional Toppings: Applesauce, honey, milk

Lunch: Broccoli/cauliflower cheese soup*

Serves 2
Head of broccoli
2 Cups vegetable or chicken broth
1 Cup milk
1 Cup Gruyère or sharp cheddar cheese
1 Tablespoon butter (optional)
1 Tablespoon olive oil
½ White Onion, chopped
½ teaspoon crushed garlic paste or fresh garlic
White pepper
Himalayan sea salt crystals (or Sea Salt but Himalayan is healthier option)

Steam head of broccoli, about 2 minutes to retain bright green color yet soft enough to chew easily. Chop into very small pieces, set aside.

Broccoli/cauliflower cheese soup is a tasty "soft" food for people with immediate dentures.

In skillet, sautee onion and garlic (if fresh), in 1 Tablespoon olive oil until soft. Set aside. In separate pot, heat up broth, just below a boil. Add milk, add chopped, steamed broccoli, add sauteed onions, and garlic. Slowly stir in butter and cheese, continuously stirring. Soup should be steaming but not boiling. Pepper and salt to taste. Once cheese is melted in, it’s ready to serve!

Dinner: Meatloaf with Mashed Brussel Sprouts

Serves 4
1 lb. ground beef or sirloin
1 egg
½ Cup bread crumbs
¼ Cup ketchup
1 medium white onion, chopped
1 to 2 jalapenos, freshly chopped, or ½ Cup if pickled
½ Cup black olives, chopped
½ Cup Milk
1 teaspoon Paprika
1 teaspoon Himalayan Salt or Sea Salt to taste
½ teaspoon Black pepper to taste
Pre-heat over to 350 degrees.

Use a food processor if you have one or finely chop ingredients as needed.

Mix all ingredients together. Place in ungreased glass loaf pan. Bake approximately 45-50 minutes until cooked through. Serve with favorite sauce or gravy.

Mashed Brussel Sprouts
1 lb. brussel sprouts, steamed
1 Tablespoon Olive Oil
½ Table butter (optional)
Salt & Pepper to taste
Pre-heat over to 350 degrees.

Steam brussel sprouts, 2- 4 minutes until soft. Mash sprouts in bowl. Add olive oil and butter. Salt and pepper to taste. Put mashed brussel sprouts in casserole dish. Bake at 350 degrees for 15-20 minutes. Best served hot. Avoid any foods that are hard to chew or swallow, such as nuts, popcorn, seeds, candy, jerky, tortilla chips, bagels, raw vegetables, and fried foods, to name a few examples.

Remember, the healthier you eat, the more likely you’ll heal faster!