When you had all of your teeth, the world was your buffet. Now that you’ve transitioned to dentures, there are some choices you’ll need to make as far as your diet is concerned. But don’t despair! While you can’t eat everything you used to, it will only take a few small tweaks to make your dining experience enjoyable and satisfying.
Continue reading to see the foods you should avoid while wearing your dentures and a few exceptions so you can safely cheat.
Don’t Eat Sticky Candy
Sticky candy is terrible for teeth, but it’s even worse for dentures. The mess from candy like toffee or taffy can be very difficult to remove from your dentures. If you want something chewy and sweet, try sugar-free gum with xylitol. Not only will it give you a satisfying chew, but it can fight bacteria and clean your dentures.
Crunchy, Hard Foods Can Damage Dentures
Your prosthetics are made from durable porcelain, but they are still susceptible to damage. Repeated contact with the hard exterior of items like crusty bread and ice can chip or fracture your dentures.
If you need something to crunch on, try cheese puffs. These can deliver a satisfying crunch but will melt in your mouth, so they’re not too hard. Just be sure to clean your dentures thoroughly after eating to avoid bacterial build-up.
Beware of Tough Meats
Dentures rely on balanced chewing and muscle control to stay in your mouth and stay effective. Tough meats can upset this balance and put excess pressure on your prosthetics, leading to gum pain. Try not to indulge in tough steak or other chewy meats. If you must have your protein, cut it into very small pieces that don’t require a lot of chewing.
Don’t Crunch Raw Fruits and Veggies with Dentures
Some especially hard fruits and veggies like apples, carrots, and broccoli are notorious for their crunch. While natural teeth can handle the initial bite and rough crunch of these raw foods, dentures have a hard time.
The vibrations caused by excessive chewing of these healthy snacks can loosen the teeth in your prosthetics. Always steam, bake, or otherwise soften raw fruits and vegetables before consuming with dentures.
Embracing these small adjustments not only ensures the longevity of your dentures but also allows you to continue enjoying an array of delicious foods. A positive mindset and a willingness to explore your options will make your life more enjoyable. If you need more recommendations or have concerns about something in your diet, ask your dentist for guidance.
About the Author
Dr. Dan Passidomo is a talented and passionate dentist who strives for excellence in dental care. He graduated from the University of Kentucky College of Dentistry, and has continued to expand his knowledge since then through professional organizations. To schedule a denture consultation at Daniel J. Passidomo, DMD Cosmetic & Family Dentistry, call (937) 886-9935 or visit the website to learn more.