Tooth loss, dentures, and decreased saliva can lead to alteration in diet. Elders may experience the following:

  • Changed sensory perception of eating (texture and taste)
  • Lowered chewing efficiency
  • Decreased intake of important nutrients
    • Less fresh fruit, vegetables, and fiber in the diet
    • Less Vitamin C and beta carotene
  • Compensatory habits such as sucking mints or consuming sweetened beverages to mitigate dry mouth, which may result in:
    • "Empty calories"
    • Increased caries risk

Soft Diet

Robert Henry, DMD, MPH
Robert Henry, DMD, MPH

Fruits, Vegetables and Whole Grains

Michelle Wrightson, MD
Michelle Wrightson, MD


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