Whether partial or full, dentures give a new life to your mouth and allow you to chew most of the foods your natural teeth could handle. However, there are a few foods that dentures don’t handle well, foods that are a challenge for regular teeth or often contribute to cavities. If you don’t want to visit your denture repair service too often, you should try to avoid these foods no matter how new or old your dentures are.
The classic example is a whole apple, but you should also avoid corn on the cob and carrot sticks, and if you want to eat unshelled nuts like peanuts you should break the shells with your hands and not your dentures. The extra pressure these foods put on your front teeth can damage your dentures no matter which dental adhesive you use. You don’t have to avoid these foods completely, but you should think of them as a rare treat.
You should avoid gum completely, but other sticky foods that can cause trouble include peanut butter, toffee, and caramels. Sticky foods can pull your dentures out of alignment, and that can wear down the part of your dentures that covers your gums, allow food particles to get under your dentures and irritate the spot, and create a source of food for the bacteria that live in your mouth.
Food That Creates Small Particles
If a food tends to leave behind small pieces you need to chase out with floss or a toothpick, then you should avoid eating it with dentures. This category includes popcorn, nuts, and seeds. The tiny particles these foods leave behind can get stuck between your false teeth and along your gums. While these pieces can’t lead to tooth cavities anymore, they can act like wedges and loosen or damage your dentures, forcing you to go in for an early denture repair.
This class includes tough meats like steak, pork chops, jerky, and rib meat. Much like how hard foods put a lot of pressure on your front teeth, tough foods put a lot of pressure on your molars. This leads to wear and tear, and it can cause sores on your gum line where your dentures keep rubbing against them.
While dentures give you back your smile and let you chew foods again, you need to remember that they aren’t as hard or as anchored as your natural teeth were. Certain kinds of food can do more damage to dentures than they do to natural teeth, and so you should be careful about what you eat and how you eat it. If you don’t, you’ll need to go in for a denture repair a lot faster than you expected.