Unfortunately, dentures are not your natural teeth, and they may make it hard for you to eat all the foods you enjoyed before. Although the degree of diet restriction you experience depends on the quality of your dentures, here are some foods that many people find hard to eat with dentures.
Peanut butter and other nut butters are very sticky and tough to chew. They can cling to your dentures and even if they don’t pull your dentures out of place, they will be hard to clean off.
There are many options for spreads that have comparable nutrition benefits to peanut butter, but aren’t as sticky or hard to work with. Hummus is a good vegan option, but tuna, chicken, or egg salad can also be used to give flavor to sandwiches, toast, and crackers.
Hard fruits and vegetables can be hard for people to eat with dentures, if you can’t exert enough force to adequately bite into and chew things like carrots, apples, corn on the cob, celery, and more.
There are plenty of fruits that get nice and soft when ripe. This includes peaches, mangos, bananas, and more. And don’t forget tomatoes! You can also cook vegetables to get them soft for eating with dentures. Finally, smoothies allow your blender to do much of the work for your teeth while allowing you to get most of the benefit.
Steak and pork can be very tough to chew. The tough, fibrous protein can be hard to break down with dentures. It’s also challenging because the chewing techniques best for breaking this down don’t work well for dentures.
There are many ways to cook beef and pork so it gets a lot softer and easier to eat. Pulled pork is a great alternative that lets you get some delicious meat without the challenge. When all else fails, cut your meat up into smaller pieces (at the extreme, this means ground meat, including sausage, without the skin).
The delicious flavor of roasted poppy seeds or sesame seeds isn’t worth the risk that these seeds will get caught under your dentures. These will poke and irritate your gums to no end and can be hard to get out.
If you get breads where the seeds have been ground up and cooked, they’ll contain the same nutrition and often much of the flavor, but won’t be likely to get caught under your dentures.
In their whole form, nuts are almost as bad as nut butters. They can be hard to chew because they force you to bite down on one side of your mouth but not the other, which can cause your dentures to flip up off your gums.
One of the best advantages of nuts are the heart-healthy fats. You can also get these if you eat olives or seafood, which also have the benefit of being soft. Oh, and make sure your olives are pitted, or they can dislodge dentures.
Chewy, sticky candy like toffees and brittles can stick to your dentures. This can dislodge them and make it hard for you to chew.
If you have sweet cravings, chocolate is a great option. It has numerous health benefits, tastes great, and doesn’t require any chewing. Don’t like chocolate? Try sucking on hard candies–but make sure you don’t chew!
Popcorn combines many of the worst elements from these foods into one terrible-to-eat snack. The hard kernels can dislodge your dentures, and the husks of the seeds will get under your dentures to cause painful irritation.
Rice cakes have a similar, satisfying crunch to popcorn, but without the hard husks and kernels. Just make sure to drink plenty of liquid that can keep the rice from sticking to your dentures.
Of course, your need to strictly follow these guidelines depends on the fit and functionality of your dentures. With better-fitting and better-functioning FOY Dentures®, you can enjoy more foods than with economy dentures.
If you are tired of being so limited in what you can eat, please call 610-272-0828 for an appointment with Philadelphia denture dentist Dr. Ken Siegel at Dental Excellence of Blue Bell.
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