While dentures act just like natural teeth, they do take some time to get used to, so there are some foods that you should avoid when you first get them.
Sticky FoodsFoods that are sticky will hold fast to your false teeth as you chew. As a result, they can cause your dentures to become dislodged. This can lead to discomfort and a rather embarrassing situation. There foods should not only be avoided when you first get your dentures, but even well after. Avoid things such as taffy, toffee, caramels, and chewing gum.
Hard, Crunchy FoodsHard, crunchy foods can jar your new dentures, and make gums tender from any tooth extractions more sore than they already are. They can dislodge your dentures and cause them to rub your gums the wrong way, leading to sores. And sharp fragments of crunchy foods can get under the dentures and poke sensitive tissue. Stay away from chips, hard pretzels, crusty breads, and raw vegetables.
Chewy FoodsMuch like hard foods, chewy foods can jar your dentures and loosen them from your gums. The extra force required to chew these foods can also make the base of your dentures rub against your gums, causing sores. One of the biggest offenders of this is tough cuts of meat.
While dentures are made to mimic your natural teeth, eating with them takes some getting used to. You can no longer bite into large foods the way you used to and tear pieces away.
Biting into anything large, such as a whole piece of fruit or a large sandwich, can pull your dentures loose. Instead, cut large food into more manageable pieces in order to enjoy them.
It takes time to get used to your new dentures. Once you get used to them, you will be able to go back to enjoying most, if not all, of your favorite foods. Please contact our office if you have any questions about dentures.