How to Prepare Meals for People With Loose Teeth

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Thankfully, milkshakes can be tolerated by those with loose teeth
Thankfully, milkshakes can be tolerated by those with loose teeth (Image: ice cold milkshake image by paul benefield from Fotolia.com)

Although having loose dentures or loose teeth is a serious problem and requires a soft diet, people with these conditions can eat many foods that are restricted from the diets of those with digestive or swallowing disorders. As long as the food is cut, mashed or pureed adequately, a person with loose teeth can eat anything that anyone else can eat. Preparation is easy, with just a little trial and error needed to find the size of cut that is tolerated.

Things You'll Need

  • Knife
  • Fork
  • Spoon
  • Blender

Chop food into very small pieces. Some raw foods, such as fruits and vegetables, contain important nutrients and fiber in their raw state, so chopping will retain the maximum amount of the vitamins and minerals available. If meats are chopped or minced to a small enough consistency, they may be eaten without further processing.

Mince meats and fish very finely for soft diets
Mince meats and fish very finely for soft diets (Image: close up of chopped ginger on an isolated background image by Andrew Brown from Fotolia.com)

Cook fruits and vegetables thoroughly. Test the foods by piercing them with the tip of a sharp knife or a fork. If the knife or fork goes in easily, the food is ready. Experiment to see whether the food can be eaten once it is cooked or whether it will need additional mashing.

Mash foods with the back of a fork or with a spoon. Some foods, such as avocados and bananas, can be mashed raw, whereas others need to be cooked completely before mashing. Mashing is most easily done on a flat surface, such as a plate, or in a large bowl.

You can easily mash avocados when raw
You can easily mash avocados when raw (Image: avacado image by Joann Cooper from Fotolia.com)

Use a blender to puree any foods to the desired consistency. Meats, vegetables and fruits can all be ground or pureed to a consistency that will work. Experiment with the different blender settings to find the setting that works best.

Blenders are indispensible for preparing soft diets
Blenders are indispensible for preparing soft diets (Image: blender with milk cocktail image by Nikolay Okhitin from Fotolia.com)

Tips & Warnings

  • For foods that are normally soft, such as mashed potatoes, yogurt, ice cream, scrambled eggs and applesauce, no additional preparation is needed.
  • It is important to maintain an adequate amount of fiber in the diet, even though raw fruit and vegetables need to be cooked or chopped first.
  • Loose dentures or loose teeth can normally be corrected by a dentist; it is worth a visit to see whether solutions exist for any particular situations.
  • Avoid foods that appear to be soft but that in fact require a certain amount of dental strength, such as chewy French bread and chewy candies.
  • Watch for seeds and nuts contained in otherwise soft foods such as breads or cereal.

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