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Foods To Avoid Eating with Partial Dentures

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The use of partial dentures to fill mouth gaps where teeth have been lost is both functional and cost-effective. They help you feel comfortable smiling again and interacting with others. To top it all off, having a set of partial dentures can aid digestion and dietary health. Learning how to eat while wearing partial dentures is a process that can be challenging and will require time and patience.

Tips to make eating easy with partial dentures

Partial denture adjustment is the same whether you are getting used to them for the first time or have recently gotten a replacement set. Start with foods that are easy to chew, such as soft vegetables. Start with smoother, more easily digested foods like soups, cooked cereals, yogurt, or scrambled eggs. Begin with milder foods like steamed vegetables and fruit and work your way up to more robust dishes like braised meats and baked salmon. If you cut the meal into smaller portions than you’re used to, you’ll be able to eat more robust, challenging items.

Foods you should avoid

Perhaps “avoid” is too strong of a word, suggesting that you will never again find pleasure in eating a particular item. It may help to adopt a “can-do” attitude while you relearn how to eat with partial dentures. Embrace the fact that there are some cuisines you will never be able to master. Avoid beating yourself up about it.

There are roughly six types of foods that are the most challenging to chew. Even with a complete set of teeth, many foods might be challenging to chew. Those who have removable partial dentures must accommodate the additional bulk of the prosthetic. In addition, prosthetic teeth cannot chew food like normal teeth.

  1. Tough meat bites

In comparison to other types of meat, steak is notoriously tough to chew. False teeth make eating even more challenging, as they mush rather than cut through food like a steak. When you eat food that is too rough to chew, you risk developing digestive issues and getting inadequate nourishment.

  1. Sticky foods

Peanut butter, white bread, and gummy candy are three foods that can be difficult to digest. Due to their consistency, the denture may slip a little while chewing on foods like these. If the clasps aren’t secure, food might easily slip under the partial and irritate the gums. Ensure your dental practitioner has adjusted your partial before consuming anything sticky.

  1. Seeds and nuts

Seeds, berry seeds, and nut kernels all find their way under the partial and can cause painful sores on your gums. Popcorn is an issue in more ways than one. Tough hulls might get stuck between teeth or under a partial denture. Plus, it’s uncommon for every kernel to explode, leaving behind “widows” that can shatter the partial when you bite down. You should stay away from these meals.

  1. Chewing gum

Dentists like me often hear negative feedback from patients who have tried chewing gum with the claim that it won’t stick to dental restorations. Chewing gum will get stuck in the clasps and under the partial denture. Patients who report being able to chew gum with prosthetic teeth have mastered a tough technique that is unattainable for the vast majority of the population.

  1. Foods that need biting before chewing

Having false front teeth might make it difficult to eat hard foods like apples and corn on the cob. Try eating fewer, smaller bites of these meals if you prefer them. If you want to make things easier on yourself, use some cutlery and try to consume the food that way.

  1. Chewy foods

Sticky foods like caramel and taffy will get stuck on your partial denture and make it dislodge while you eat. If your partial denture becomes dislodged, you risk seriously harming your gums and the denture itself. Taking out the portion is the best way to savor chewy foods.

Your success with eating while wearing partial dentures will be much enhanced by having a sensible expectation of what you can accomplish. You must learn to live with the fact that there are some meals you can’t have anymore because of your denture situation. To perfect the art of chewing your favorite foods with partials, you’ll need serious practice and to deal with some constraints.

Cain Denture Centers‘ staff and denturists are here to ease your transition to partial dentures by providing you with the most comfortable alternatives available for your specific case. To get you back to living life to the fullest, we offer several options for partial dentures and other methods of tooth replacement.

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