Worst Foods For Dentures
Welcome to Part 1 of our 2 part series on best and worst foods for denture wearers. We hope you find this information informative and useful!
If you wear dentures or have been told you need them, you probably have a lot of questions. From how to care for your dentures and prevent problems to how to preserve your natural white smile, there are lots of things to consider.
The good news is that modern dentures are designed to mimic natural teeth, and that they do so very well. Chances are someone in your social circle is already wearing dentures – you just do not know it because the teeth look so natural.
When we fit you for a set of dentures, we’ll go over a number of care tips, from how to brush your new teeth to how to properly store them when you are sleeping. We will also go over the best foods for denture wearers – and the foods that you should probably avoid!
Here is a sneak preview of what that conversation may look like! Some of these best and worst foods may seem painfully obvious, while others may surprise you.
Worst Foods for Denture Wearers
We can start with some of the worst foods for denture wearers. Some of these foods are on the list because they tend to stick to your dentures and make cleaning more difficult. Others made the cut because they can exacerbate existing gum problems and possibly lead to further tooth loss. Here are some of the worst choices for the denture wearer diet.
Caramel Candy – This one is pretty self-explanatory. Caramel is notoriously sticky, and the high sugar can contribute to gum disease and tooth decay.
Sesame Seeds – If you have ever had a painful seed stuck between your plate and palate, you know why sesame seeds are on the list. If you must eat sesame seeds, be careful – or take your dentures out first.
Peanut Butter – Like caramel, peanut butter is sticky, and it can hang around on your dentures long after that PB&J sandwich has been eaten. If you love peanut butter, be sure to clean your dentures thoroughly after your sweet and salty snack.
Popcorn – Popcorn is bad for the same reason as seeds – those tiny kernels can get trapped under your plate, creating a painful and potentially embarrassing situation. Hulless popped corn is a much better alternative, so grab a bag and enjoy the movie.
Certain Fruits- Some fruits can be tough for denture wearers to eat. Fruits with thick peels and tough rinds can be difficult for your dentures to break through, so choose your healthy snacks accordingly.
Steak – Nothing beats a thick piece of steak, but that grilled beef can be tough for denture wearers. If you love steak, be sure to cut it up carefully before chowing down.