Did you know that around 19% of the population wears some form of denture?
There are different types of dentures that can help you replace a single missing tooth or several missing teeth. Depending on your needs, dentures can be made from a variety of different materials to provide you with a beautiful smile.
While dentures are incredibly strong, there are some foods that you should avoid for a while after you get your new dentures. You can then transition slowly to more hard foods, but some foods should be avoided permanently.
Are you looking for a comprehensive list of foods that you should avoid eating when wearing dentures? We cover some of the main foods to avoid in our blog below.
Examples of Foods to Avoid
It is recommended to avoid certain foods to protect your dentures. If you’re preparing to wear dentures for the first time, or simply need a refresher, here are some foods to look out for.
If you're wearing dentures, consider cutting back on your caffeine every day. While coffee won't stain your dentures more than normal teeth, the stains are more visible on dentures. Wine and black tea can also have similar effects.
If you have dentures, you may want to stay clear of sticky forms of candy. This includes caramel, toffee, brittle, and gummies as they can get stuck in your dentures and be incredibly difficult to remove.
Just like with braces, popcorn should be avoided when wearing dentures because the kernel can easily get stuck in your teeth and be quite frustrating to try and remove.
While nuts are very healthy, you should avoid eating them for the first few months of having dentures. This is because nuts are generally quite hard and could cause damage to your new dentures.
Despite being a healthier option, seeded bread has hard seeds in it that could end up damaging your dentures. The same can be said for any crackers or cookies that have hard seeds or nuts in them.
If you are wearing dentures, you should avoid eating tough meats like steak. Tough meats can be hard to chew on and cause your dentures to crack under constant pressure. Softer meats like chicken and mince are much safer alternatives.
Raw vegetables are generally quite hard to bite on and chew. This is why you should avoid eating raw vegetables and even hard fruits like apples.
You should avoid eating sticky spreads like peanut butter as they can get stuck in your dentures and be difficult to get off. While you could easily use your tongue to work off sticky spreads from your teeth, dentures are a little bit more difficult.
Get Help With Your Dentures Today
Dentures are versatile and natural-looking replacements for lost or missing teeth. However, it’s important to pay attention to your diet and the foods you eat as some can damage your dentures.
Are you thinking about getting new dentures? If you have any questions or want to learn more about dentures, feel free to schedule an appointment with the denturists at Accurate Denture Clinic today. We have 4 denture clinics serving local patients in Abbotsford, Langley, Chilliwack and Sardis.