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Eating with Dentures: Tips for Seniors & Their Caregivers

Has your aging parent or loved one been newly fitted with dentures? If so, it’s important to educate your loved one about denture care. By following a few simple guidelines from Home Care Assistance of Greenwich, older adults can better adjust to life with dentures and enjoy the foods they love.

Technique

When eating with dentures, seniors should not try to bite the food with their front teeth. They should start with small bites and chew the food using both sides of the mouth.

Start Soft

When seniors first start wearing dentures, talking and eating can feel very awkward. It is best to provide your loved one with foods that are very soft and require little chewing until he or she adjusts to having false teeth in the mouth. Some selections to try at first include:

  • Yogurt and ice cream
  • Cheese and eggs
  • Soft proteins such as tuna and other fish
  • Well-cooked vegetables
  • Softened baked potatoes

Gradually Introduce Firmer Foods

Once seniors start adjusting to their dentures, foods that have a firmer texture can be tried. Good transition selections include canned fruit, ground beef and bread. Hard candies and sticky foods such as caramel and gum should be avoided to minimize risk of choking. If your loved one lives independently, it’s important to check in with them regularly to ensure they’re buying and preparing foods appropriate for their dentures. If you are unable to visit your loved one on a regular basis, learn more about hourly home care in Greenwich and how a trained caregiver could assist your loved one, while giving you peace of mind.

Ensure a Good Fit

Ill-fitting dentures can result in mouth sores, infections and an inability to eat certain foods, and they are a major contributing factor to malnutrition in the elderly population. When a senior is wearing dentures, the appliances should be firmly set and should not be able to move around on the gums. If necessary, a commercially prepared adhesive can be tried.

It is also important for seniors who wear false teeth to have them checked regularly by a dentist. It is not unusual for older people to experience bone shrinkage in the jaw that can ultimately result in poorly fitting dentures and discomfort.

For more information about oral health or senior care, reach out to Home Care Assistance today. While we are recognized as the Greenwich 24 hour home care experts, we also provide flexible hourly care for seniors who need minimal help with daily activities such as grocery shopping, meal preparation, light housekeeping, personal care and medication reminders. Call us at Southern Fairfield County to request a complimentary, no-obligation consultation with a friendly Care Manager – we look forward to hearing from you!