Although dentures can be liberating for seniors who have had trouble eating because of dental problems, some food favorites may now be off limits. Oklahoma Home Care Assistance presents this list of foods seniors with dentures may want to steer clear of.
1. Solid Meats
Solid meats, such as pork chops and steaks, are hard for denture wearers to chew. The solution to this problem is for caregivers to cut portions of meat into very small pieces or eat meats that that are generally softer, like pulled pork or hamburger.
2. Crunchy Vegetables
Vegetables are a crucial part of any healthy diet, but biting into a hard carrot or celery stalk is not good for seniors who wear dentures. Tomatoes, mushrooms, and leafy greens are easy to eat raw, but other vegetables require cooking first.
3. Whole Nuts
Nuts are a challenge for denture wearers because of the force needed to bite into them. For seniors who eat nuts for the health benefits, suggest olives, which are a viable substitute. Seniors who like the taste might try nut-based milks, like cashew or almond, instead.
4. Tacky Candy
Candies such as brittles, toffees, and caramels tend to stick to dentures and can even dislodge them. Seniors with a sweet tooth will want to satisfy their sugar craving with soft candies like chocolates that just melt in the mouth.
Accidentally biting down on an unpopped kernel can dislodge or even break dentures. Rice cakes are a better choice because they have all the crunch and flavor without the hazard.
Many breads and fruits have small seeds that can become lodged under dentures causing pain and irritation. Be mindful when eating “seedless” fruits like watermelon or grapes that can still have little bits in them, and chose breads without seeds, or try bagels or English muffins instead.
Is your loved one learning to eat with dentures? It can be a challenge to grocery shop and cook for his or her new dietary needs. As your loved one learns to adapt, consider a caregiver in Oklahoma who can help around the house, provide transportation, and offer companionship, in addition to grocery shopping and cooking. To learn more, call Home Care Assistance at 405-285-4191. We are a leading providing of hourly, live-in, stroke, and Alzheimer’s care in Oklahoma, and are available to you 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.