Whether you are currently wearing full or partial dentures, you will want to know the best foods to support your smile, and which to avoid. At A. Agustin Vega in Olympia, Washington, today we are going to review how the foods you eat will affect your new dentures.
If you are a chronic coffee or tea drinker, you may be in for a surprise. These types of beverages are dehydrating, reducing your saliva flow. Dry mouth is an oral condition that means less moisturizing saliva in the mouth. For denture wearers, this can irritate the gums if there is a lack of moisture.
Tip: stay hydrated while drinking these caffeinated beverages by drinking water on the side or consider drinking the decaffeinated versions. Remember, hydration is key to a happy mouth.
If you love popcorn, you may want to reconsider. Hard pieces of food stuck in your teeth hurt, even when you don’t wear dentures! This includes nuts as well. Avoid popcorn kernels and the husks that can irritate your dentures.
Tip: snack on softer foods, like rice crisps, olives without pits and seedless grapes.
If you like caramels or other candies that stick to the teeth, eating them can cause your dentures to dislodge. Also, while eating nut butter is good for protein intake, it can stick to your dentures and make them uncomfortable.
Tip: try chewing sugarless gum instead of popcorn, and choose hummus or spreadable salads such as egg or tuna for protein.
When it comes to eating meat with your dentures, avoid tough to chew meat like steak unless you are cutting it into extra small pieces. This helps to avoid sore spots under your dentures or even dislodging them as you eat.
Tip: softer foods like fish, chicken, pulled pork or ground beef are easiest to masticate.
Eating your fruit and veggies is important, but it can be challenging when you wear dentures. Fresh, crisp choices such as apples, carrots, and corn on the cob can be a challenge unless they are thinly sliced, and removing the kernels from the cob instead of biting into the corn cob will better support your dentures.
Tip: You can also puree your fruits and veggies in a smoothie!
Dr. A. Agustin Vega and our team hope you enjoyed these tips. We also hope your new dentures provide you with a lifetime of healthy smiles in Olympia, Washington. If you have any questions about your dentures, or to schedule a visit with our team, please give us a call at 360-943-5551. We look forward to helping you with all of your oral health needs!