How to Eat With Dentures

Getting dentures means a big adjustment to your lifestyle. But with practice and patience, you will be in the swing of things in no time.

And one of the things you’ll need to practice doing is eating.

Why?

If you’re not careful about what you eat, you could run the risk of breaking them, or having small hard pieces wedged underneath them.

What’s different?

Initially, right after you get your dentures, you’ll need to get used to eating with them. It DOES take practice. So you’ll need to start off carefully with a liquid and soft diet. Good choices would be such foods such as smoothies, plain scrambled eggs, yogurt, juices and cooked cereals (like oatmeal) for breakfast. Lunch and supper could be soups, stews, purees, mashed potatoes, noodles, soft meats and cooked fish, well boiled vegetables, beans, applesauce and puddings.

Cut your food into small pieces, chew slowly and completely, and, this is important—chew on both sides of your mouth at the same time to prevent tipping of your dentures.

Adding a good multi-vitamin is advised while you’re getting started to boost nutrition.

After a few weeks when you’ve adjusted to what you’ve eaten so far, and learned to chew on both sides of your mouth, you can venture into foods with more texture. Now you can have foods including sliced fruits and vegetables, light crackers, soft-crusted breads and tender corns. Also, you can include cheese and poultry items. But remember—always be sure to chew your food thoroughly before swallowing.

What! No biltong?

Certain foods will have to be totally avoided, while wearing dentures. ALWAYS avoid anything sticky. This includes things like chewing gum, caramels, toffy and chewy chocolates.

Other foods to avoid are any foods that require tugging—like peanut or other nut butters, breads with hard crusts, WHOLE fruits and vegetables, and fruits with seeds. And, of course, no biltong! Try avoid tough meats, including beef jerky or any meats with bones. Also avoid nuts and seeds. These could easily slip underneath your dentures. Plus the nuts are hard, and along with hard candy, popcorn kernels and raw fruits and vegetables, could cause damage to your dentures.

This applies even when you’re completely used to wearing dentures and feel confident eating with them.

Your dentist can advise you on foods you’re unsure of.

Taste

One thing you’ll notice is that foods don’t taste as good as you remembered. Well, there’s a reason.

And don’t worry; it’s only a temporary thing.

Since you’re concentrating on eating correctly, your mind is getting signals from your mouth, mostly about your dentures. And this overpowers the messages coming from your taste buds. You might try adding herbs to boost flavor, at least for a while.

If you want to keep you dentures for a good long while, be mindful of a proper diet.