Advancements in materials, techniques, and technologies allow dentures to look and feel more natural than ever before. Your new set of teeth will fit your mouth like a glove; however, it will take a few days to get used to your dentures. In no time at all, you’ll be speaking, laughing, and chewing like a pro, but dentures have their limitations. There are a few foods you may want to avoid to save yourself from embarrassment and to protect the lifespan of your new smile.
Popcorn is a great snack to have while watching a movie. If you’ve ever had a popcorn kernel get stuck in your teeth, you know how annoying it can be. Now, imagine having a kernel stuck under your dentures. It can cause extreme irritation if they aren’t removed immediately, which you probably won’t want to do at the movie theater.
A good steak can be chewy, which can dislodge your dentures. It can also make your gums or jaw sore. If you eat streak often, it puts additional wear and tear on your dentures, causing you to need replacements sooner. If you can’t resist a juicy steak, cut it into small pieces to make it easier to chew. Consider using a denture adhesive for added security.
Nuts are a nutritious snack, but your dentures can be no match for some. Hard nuts can damage your denture or pop it out of place. It’s best to avoid them until you get used to eating with your new teeth.
4. Sticky Candy
Dentures can’t get cavities, but you should limit sugary treats, especially sticky candy. It can cling to your dentures, damaging them over time. They can also cause your dentures to slip or fall out. If you need a sweet treat, choose a piece of chocolate. It’s easy to chew and won’t linger in your mouth for as long.
5. Dark Beverages
Your morning cup of coffee can stain your dentures. Any dark beverage can discolor your pearly whites, like red wine or black tea. If you can’t skip a cup of coffee or other dark beverage, drink it through a straw to limit its contact with your denture. Drink it all at once instead of sipping it throughout the day. Don’t forget to rinse your dentures with water after you’ve finished.
Although you might have to limit some things in your diet, you can still enjoy a variety of foods and drinks. Besides watching what you eat, don’t forget to keep your dentures clean. Brush them at least twice daily and use an overnight soaking solution. You’ll keep your smile looking its best while prolonging the lifespan of your denture.
About Dr. Karen Ho
Dr. Ho earned her dental degree from the University of the Pacific School of Dentistry and has regularly continued her education in many specialties, like cosmetic dentistry and biomimetic dentistry. She is a proud member of several professional organizations, including the American Dental Association. Request an appointment through our website or call (408) 583-5764.