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Foods For Dentures: What to Try, What to Avoid

added on: November 14, 2016
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With the holidays just around the corner, there are going to be tempting foods and beverages hitting the dinner table and gracing party spreads. This can pose a real challenge with patients who rely on full or partial dentures. My Lakeland dental office knows that some foods (no matter how tempting) just don’t mesh well with dentures, and we try to get patients to steer clear of them to avoid possible pain or discomfort. We ask denture patients to try and keep these things in mind when deciding what snacks you’re going to have.

What to Try

  • Decaffeinated Coffee: We know this is easier said than done. But drinking large amounts of the caffeinated stuff can lead to less saliva production, which means a dry mouth. Denture wearers want to ensure their mouths are moist whenever possible to avoid pain from possible friction.
  • Sugar-Free Gum: Sweet treats don’t have to be completely off the table if you wear dentures. Just reach for a more denture-friendly alternative such as sugar-free gum. There’s are even kinds specifically made for people with dentures.
  • Olives, Grapes, Etc.: Soft-textured, healthy snacks like pitted olives are good for your heart and won’t get stuck in dentures. You can also try seedless berries and grapes!

Your dentist in Lakeland knows it’s not always easy to have denture-friendly snacks and beverages on hand, especially if you’re traveling for the holidays. Here are a few foods it’s best to avoid or limit.

What to Avoid

  • Nuts: These delicious treats can be tricky to eat when you have dentures. Pieces of nuts can get stuck in full and partial dentures causing discomfort.
  • Seeds: Just like nuts, seeds also tend to get stuck and lodged in uncomfortable places. Try opting for some whole grain breads where the grains are baked inside.
  • Steak: Chewy steak is tough to break down with dentures. Biting into steak and other tough foods can make dentures unstable, causing them to dislodge. They can also lead to sore spots.

The team at my dental office in Lakeland wants you to be comfortable living with dentures. It’s just a matter of taking the time to make them work for your and your lifestyle. Sometimes accidents happen and problems are unavoidable, but watching out for troublesome foods and drinks can be a big help to avoid any issues. If you have any questions about denture care, please don’t hesitate to give us a call!