When you are experiencing difficulties chewing it can make mealtimes a real challenge. If you are having trouble chewing your food, you should seek the advice of your GP or dentist to assess the underlying cause.
Having problems chewing can be part of dysphagia, which is the medical term for swallowing difficulties, but other conditions can also make it difficult to chew. Some of these conditions are listed below:
Cancer – throat or larynx
Temporomandibular Joint Disorders
Living With Chewing Difficulties
Knowing what foods to eat and ensuring you get a healthy, balanced diet can be a real challenge when you are struggling to chew properly.
Depending on the underlying cause of your chewing difficulty, certain foods may be more appropriate and easier to eat than others. Below are some types of food you could consider:
Soft foods or smoother foods such as yoghurts, scrambled eggs, pasta, rice and ice cream
Mashed or blended foods such as mashed potato, mashed vegetables, stews and casseroles and soups
There are also some helpful tips that may make chewing a bit easier, such as:
Ensuring dry food is moist by adding a sauce, gravy or broth
Sipping water or other liquid while eating to help keep the mouth moist and to help break down the food
Cutting food into small pieces and taking your time to chew
Solving The Problem
We recognise the problems people face when they have difficulty chewing their food. Our chefs and dietitian have worked hard to develop a range of meals that are suitable for people who have trouble chewing – helping making meal times a pleasure again.
Helen worked in the NHS for over seven years, and has been very impressed by the soft foods range at Wiltshire Farm Foods, in particular the moulded meals which are incredible and are a real breakthrough for Wiltshire Farm Foods.
Helen Willis BSc RD Wiltshire Farm Foods Dietitian