Properly fitting dentures should allow you to enjoy all your favorite foods, but maybe not at first. It can take some time to adjust to your new dentures and your new way of eating.
But that doesn’t mean you have to sit at home practicing before you can go out and enjoy a meal with company. It just means you may have to be judicious about the choices you make, and be aware when you’re eating.
For your first meal out, choose one that’s going to give you a lot of choices that will be relatively easy to eat with your dentures. Breakfast is a great choice–most breakfast foods are easy to eat with dentures, so you won’t have to stick to oatmeal or grits–unless you want to, that is.
Eggs are the mainstay of American breakfasts, and almost any way they’re prepared can be easily handled with dentures. Even if you like your yolks runny and sopping them up with toast, you can easily take bites with your dentures, as long as the toast is regular white or wheat bread without too much crust. Rye may be tempting, but caraway seeds can get under your dentures and irritate your gums.
Pancakes, waffles, and French toast are all great options for breakfast. You can even enjoy breakfast meats. Sausage is easy to bite and chew, and ham can be cut into small pieces easily.
There are a few things to avoid, though: breakfast burritos could be challenging, and sometimes bacon can be very chewy. Most potatoes will be fine, but sometimes hash browns can be very crispy and hard to chew.
Lunch is a little trickier to manage, since the sandwich is the dominant form of lunch food and taking bites can take a little bit of practice. If you want a sandwich, pick something with a soft filling, such as egg salad or tuna salad. It may come with lettuce. If you’re not confident about biting through, ask for it without or put it on the side. Don’t get a crusty roll or one with seeds. Regular white or wheat bread is your best bet.
If you don’t like your sandwich options, soup and salad are great choices, with a few caveats. Sometimes soup will come with crusty bread. Ask for crackers instead, or be prepared to soak the bread in your soup for a while before eating. Some salad toppings and dressings can get under your dentures, like poppy seeds or sunflower seeds. Otherwise, you should be able to enjoy a crunchy salad.
Most dinner options will be just fine with your dentures. The big temptation–and problem–will be steak. You’ll get there eventually, but for your first meal out, it’s best to choose something a little easier to tackle. Fish and poultry are good choices–but maybe not fried chicken, unless you’ve practiced getting it off the bone. If you’re absolutely craving red meat, try a soft roast. Most sides should be fine, but note that baked potato skins might be a little tough.
An important part of eating this first meal out is just helping yourself feel comfortable, confident, and normal again. You should put emphasis on choosing foods you know you can handle, not on pushing yourself to try new and different things. There will be plenty of time for expanding your choices once you’ve adapted psychologically and accepted your dentures.
If you are looking for dentures in Philadelphia, please call (610) 272-0828 for an appointment with a denture dentist at Dental Excellence of Blue Bell.
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