Wearing dentures shouldn’t stop you from eating a regular diet, including all the foods you enjoy. However, this doesn’t mean that all foods are created (or eaten) equally. Some foods will be much easier to eat with dentures in than others, while certain foods might pose a problem. Knowing which foods fall into which category can be especially important when you first have dentures fitted and are still adjusting to them. So, let’s look at some of the best and worst foods for denture wearers to eat.
Best foods for dentures
If you’re still getting used to your dentures or are experiencing pain and discomfort with the, then it is best to stick to liquids and soft foods that don’t take much chewing. Here are some of the easiest foods to eat with dentures:
- Mashed potato
- Fruit juices
- Cooked rice and pasta
- Baked beans
One thing to note is that hot liquids can be a problem when you first have your dentures fitted as your mouth becomes less sensitive to heat, so try to avoid hot drinks to start with and make sure any soup you eat is left to cool slightly. But, your mouth will adjust to this in time allowing you to have hot liquids again with no problem.
Worst foods for dentures
You should especially be careful to avoid the following foods when you first have your dentures fitted, but even afterwards, they can cause problems like damaging or dislodging your dentures. Other foods you might just find difficult to chew properly, especially if they contain small, tough pieces that can get stuck in your dentures like nuts and seeds. Hard and sticky foods are generally the worst for denture wearers. Here are a few key foods to avoid:
- Tough meat
- Peanut butter
- Shelled nuts
- Corn on the cob
- Seeded bread
- Raw vegetables
Once you’re used to your dentures, it can be okay to treat yourself to these foods on rare occasions, but generally try to stay away from them. The important thing to remember when eating any foods with dentures is to chew with both sides of your mouth as evenly as possible to make sure that the wear is even on each side.
Do you need dentures or a check-up on your current set of dentures? Contact Teague DDS to book an appointment today, for patients in and around Clemmons, Lewisville, Mocksville, Winston Salem, Advance, and Bermuda Run.