What you should know about eating with dentures

It can take some time to adjust to the feeling of new dentures.

 

If you have just had dentures placed, you will know that it can take some time to adjust to the feeling of your new appliance. Although eating will take some practice, you will soon be able to eat a varied, healthy and delicious diet. Read on to find out more about eating with dentures, and which foods you can easily enjoy…

How to adapt to new dentures

When you first have your dentures fitted, you might find it difficult to eat as you get used to the feeling of your new appliance. We recommend that you begin with soft foods as these will be easier to chew. It can also be helpful to cut your food into small pieces or strips. Be sure to chew slowly, and try to use both sides of your mouth.

With time, you will begin to eat more comfortably with your dentures. As chewing becomes easier, you can start to incorporate most of the foods that you normally enjoy. There are, however, a few things you should avoid. These include particularly sticky and hard foods, as these can cause damage to your dentures and irritate your gums and other soft tissues in the mouth.

Which foods should be avoided?

Although you should be able to eat most foods once you have adapted to your new dentures, there are a few that are best avoided. These include sticky foods like candy and nut butters, which can get stuck underneath your dentures. It’s also advisable to avoid hard foods like corn on the cob and raw carrots —these cause uneven pressure on the jaw, which can damage your dentures. Tough meats also put excessive pressure on dentures as they require a lot of chewing. Eating very tough meats can cause damage to your appliance, and also lead to jaw pain.

Other foods that should be avoided with dentures include those with small, hard-to-chew pieces — think popcorn, seeds and nuts. Hard, tiny pieces of these types of foods can become stuck underneath your dentures and hurt your gums, or even dislodge your dentures from their correct position.

Which foods can you eat with dentures?

Although there are a few foods to avoid with dentures, the good news is that there are plenty of nutritious and tasty options that are perfectly fine to enjoy. Tough meat is difficult to chew with dentures, but ground meats, on the other hand, are much easier to enjoy. Similarly, slow-cooked meat usually tends to be soft and tender, which means that it doesn’t require as much chewing and grinding, and won’t cause damage to your dentures.

Most ripe fruits are soft enough to eat easily with dentures — some great options include bananas, peaches and plums. Harder fruits, like apples and pears, can be stewed for a delicious snack or dessert. Cooked vegetables are also an ideal addition to a healthy diet — steam or boil veggies like cauliflower, broccoli and potatoes to ensure that they are soft enough.

How can we help?

At Dream Smiles Specialist Centre, we offer both complete and partial dentures. Complete dentures are recommended in cases where an entire arch of teeth is missing, while partial dentures are used to fill the gaps left by one or more missing teeth. If you would like to find out more about the dentures that we provide, please have a look here.

If you would like to make an appointment to see us, please don’t hesitate to get in touch. We love helping our patients restore the function and appearance of their smiles after tooth loss.