Can you eat with dentures is one of the most common questions we receive at Pearl Denture studio, and though it’s a resolute ‘yes’, there are a few food items that are best to be avoided. When it comes to getting dentures for the first time, one of the biggest problems’ denture wearers incur is figuring out what they can eat. This is because certain foods can get lodged in between the gum and dentures, or cause dentures to slip. Luckily, you can still maintain a rich and healthy diet without fear of wearing down your dentures but it’s worth knowing which food to avoid. To help you, we’ve put together our top food and beverages to avoid in our ‘what can you not eat with dentures’ article below.
What can you not eat with dentures?
Eating with dentures for the first time
Wondering what to eat after having teeth pulled and dentures put in? If you’re new to dentures, it’s likely your mouth will be feeling a little tender and sore for a while. This makes eating food a bit difficult, as your mouth won’t be able to handle the additional pressure for a while. Until your mouth adapts to the new object, it’s recommended you follow a soft food diet and follow these steps when eating with dentures for the first time.
- Stick to a soft food diet: Pureed food, mashed potato, eggs, porridge, pasta, hummus, tofu, yoghurt etc.
- Check the temperature by testing food on your lips as dentures have an insulative effect.
- Avoid anything spicy as it can irritate a sensitive mouth.
Though nothing beats a good, juicy steak, denture wearers need to be a little more careful as a steak is notoriously difficult to chew – especially if you’re a fan of well done. Any meat that is tough should be avoided, with chicken or tenderised beef cuts being a good alternative. If you don’t want to give up your weekly dose of red meat, it’s worth cooking a steak medium rare and cutting it into bite sized pieces to make things a little easier. Selecting fine cut meat from the butchers can also help and is worth the extra cost to save your dentures.
When it comes to ‘what can you not eat with dentures’ nuts are at the top of the list. This is because nuts come in a hard form, which makes them next to impossible for denture wearers to consume without difficulty as they’re typically chewed on one side of the mouth. Nuts also have a habit of getting underneath dentures, which can cause irritation and sores to the gums.
Raw fruit and vegetables
Like nuts, raw fruit and vegetables should be avoided as it puts too much pressure on dentures. This can be easily remedied by cooking vegetables and choosing fruit that is easier to chew such as banana, mango and blueberries or pureed fruit. Denture wearers can also get their daily nutrients by combining fruit and veggies into a smoothie.
Peanut butter or any kind of sticky spread should be avoided as it’s hard to remove from the mouth afterwards. If you do indulge in some, it’s likely you’ll have to extensively wash your dentures and rinse your mouth to dislodge the peanut butter. As a rule, any food or spread that is sticky should be avoided, as the surface of dentures is easier to attach to than real teeth enamel.
Coffee, tea, or red wine
Coffee, tea, and red wine are known to stain real teeth in time but are even quicker to stain with dentures. Consistent consumption of any one of these beverages can cause your dentures to stain faster, resulting in frequent dentist visits or the need for new dentures. But considering drinking these beverages is a daily habit for many, you have the option to take them out – though this means you have a higher chance of losing them. For many denture wearers, having their daily cup of coffee is worth the higher risk of staining, so it’s up to the individual if it’s a major concern.
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