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How To Eat With Dentures

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If you have lost more than one tooth from the same part of your mouth, then you may be facing having to wear a total or partial denture. Dentures in the past covered the whole mouth, but more and more people are now being offered partial dentures, which fit into the mouth and supply a chewing surface for the part of the jawline which is missing. However, regardless of how large or small the denture, users are still likely to find that there are problems with chewing, which can mean that eating some foods is completely impossible.

Foods That You Can’t Eat With Dentures

If you are wearing dentures, or a denture plate, then there are a number of foods that you won’t be able to eat.

These include:

  • Popcorn. This food is notorious to those who have to wear dentures, as the kernels and sharp hulls can get trapped between the plate and the top of the mouth, becoming very painful indeed
  • Candy. Along with anything else which becomes sticky, candy should be avoided. Sticky sweets and foods can adhere to the dentures, pulling them away from the jaw and forcing you to remove the dentures and clean them
  • Seeded bread and crackers. Seeds are another nuisance that, along with nuts, is easily trapped under dentures, causing irritation and inflammation
  • Fruits and vegetables. If you enjoy the pleasant crunch of an apple, then you might be disappointed to be fitted with dentures. Hard foods put pressure on the front teeth which can push the dentures out of alignment, and denture plates may find it hard to grapple with the tough fibres without slipping out of position

Eating Foods With Dentures

If you want to enjoy eating with dentures as much as you did with your own set of teeth, then you need to adapt your eating habits to fit in with your new lifestyle. You might want to cut up foods into small chunks to make chewing easier, or you may decide to replace the foods above with alternatives that won’t risk the dentures.

Fixing Your Teeth

One alternative to dentures is dental implants. This involves titanium or ceramic implants that act as a replacement root of a tooth that fuses with the jaw bone. These then anchor on the restoration which could either be dentures, crowns, or bridges. Implants are more reliable than dentures, and less likely to shift in use as they are fixed. More importantly, they will allow you to enjoy eating all the foods you love with no complications or irritations.

Do you still have unanswered questions? Please feel free to submit them below!

By Dr Gursh Bajwa



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