Enjoy these holiday recipes for denture wearers this year
If you wear dentures, you have probably dreaded the holidays because of all of the foods you have been unable to enjoy. After all, sticky and chewy candies such as caramel, hard candies such as candy canes, and overly sugary drinks can cause denture damage or oral pain. You also need to avoid gum drops, taffies, cookies, eggnog, peanut brittle, corn on the cob, and many of the delicious pies that are common this time of year. Thankfully, there are some delightful holiday recipes denture wearers, and anybody else, can enjoy.
Denture wearers should not fret, as the Bentz Dental Implant & Prosthodontic Center team has put together a list of 10 of our favorite recipes that are denture-friendly, delicious, and good for you too. And, if you are wondering what you can and can’t eat while you are recovering from implant surgery, you’ll be pleased to know you can enjoy most of these recipes as well.
1. Roast Beef
Every holiday celebration needs a main dish, and roast beef is about as versatile as they come. Delicious and savory for your holiday meal, roast beef can quickly become a delicious leftover for sandwiches the next day. And the secret to a soft roast beef that doesn’t get stuck in your teeth comes from it slowly cooking over a few hours. Check out this holiday roast beef recipe for denture wearers.
2. Apple Pie
Have you ever heard the phrase that you can have your cake and eat it too? Well, that might be true, but if you are a denture wearer or you have implants, certain pies might have been out of the question in the past. But this vegan apple pie recipe is not only good for you but gentle on your implants and dentures.
3. Rice Pudding
If you have dentures or if you are recovering from recent dental implant surgery, then you will be happy to know you can still enjoy rice pudding as a favorite holiday dessert delight. We love this creamy rice pudding recipe because it is easy to chew and has plenty of protein from milk to help you feel satisfied.
4. Buttermilk Panna Cotta with Berries and Vanilla Sabayon
If you love trying new recipes and want something a bit different for a holiday dessert, give this buttermilk panna cotta with berries and vanilla sabayon recipe a try. We think you’ll love this one so much you’ll want to make it for other holidays too. And those who don’t wear dentures or implants will be sure to love it too, no matter when you make it.
5. Homemade Mac and Cheese
Have you ever had mac and cheese as a side dish for the holidays? If not, you are missing out. In our opinion, macaroni and cheese is one of the best comfort foods there is, and we love this homemade macaroni and cheese recipe because it walks you through how to avoid a grainy cheese sauce. A smoother sauce is better for your dentures, as food particles are less likely to get stuck.
6. Sweet Potato Soup
You’ve probably tried sweet potato casserole or sweet potato pie in the past before you got dentures or implants. But have you ever tried sweet potato soup? This creamy sweet potato soup recipe will help you tackle your cravings without wreaking havoc on your mouth.
7. Irish Mashed Potato Casserole
Mashed potatoes tend to be a staple at the holiday table, But mashed potatoes aren’t always a good holiday recipe for denture wearers. Denture and implant wearers can find the dish harder to chew when the potatoes are left with skins on and aren’t thoroughly mashed. But this Irish mashed potato casserole recipe is both delicious and denture safe. Not only that, you can make this recipe ahead of time, too, making it easier for when the holiday arrives.
8. Tuna White Bean Salad
This one may sound a bit weird at first glance. After all, tuna salad isn’t often served at the holiday dinner table. But when you have plenty of turkey and ham leftovers, sometimes it is fun to change up the side dish in the days following the holiday. This tuna white bean salad is protein-packed and easy to chew, making it an excellent holiday recipe for denture wearers.
9. Soft Cheese Appetizer
Every holiday spread needs an appetizer, and soft cheeses are an excellent choice. Put together an assortment of common soft cheeses such as feta, Brie, ricotta, cream cheese, Camembert, Chevre, Roquefort, and gorgonzola. Add a bowl of cottage cheese too and adorn it with some soft fruits such as oranges, tomatoes, peaches, bananas, or mangos. Feel free to add some slices of summer sausage or some sliced ham as an accompaniment.
10. Homemade Ice Cream
We have saved one of our favorite denture-friendly recipes for the end. Not only is this recipe gentle on dentures and easy for those recovering from implant surgery to enjoy, but other guests at the holiday table will love it too. This homemade vanilla ice cream recipe is not only delicious, but it will likely be the easiest homemade ice cream recipe you have ever made.
Rest assured, if you have dental implants, you will soon be able to use them like your natural teeth.
If you have recently made the switch from dentures to implants, you are probably wondering when things in your mouth will get back to normal again. And though the denture-friendly foods we have suggested above are good for dental implant wearers and anyone else who wants to enjoy a tasty recipe this holiday season, we know the waiting period can be a bit challenging. So just be sure to avoid hard candies and very sticky candies, and give these recipes a try. Before you know it, you’ll be able to switch up your diet and cook up some of those tried and true recipes of that past that you once loved.
Interested in getting dental implants so you can thoroughly enjoy your favorite treats this holiday season?
If you feel you are suffering through another holiday season because of poorly-fitting dentures or because you just don’t have enough teeth left in your mouth to enjoy your favorite holiday foods, it might be time to explore dental implant options. The team at Bentz Dental Implant & Prosthodontic Center can help you determine if you are a candidate for dental implants. We can also provide you with recommendations on foods that will be comfortable for you to eat. So if you live in the East Norriton, PA, area, now is the time to request an appointment with our team. We look forward to seeing you.