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Holiday Foods to Avoid Eating with Dentures

December 19, 2022

Filed under: Uncategorized — kathylamdds @ 9:57 pm
Thanksgiving meal set out on dining room table

It’s the most wonderful time of the year! That means that people around the world are getting ready to celebrate with loved ones through food, fun, and presents. It also means that things may look a little different for people who have false teeth. Dentures fill in the gaps in your smile, but eating with them is pretty different from doing so with your normal teeth. Since the holidays often consist of a lot of eating, it’s important to know the proper way to do it with dentures. Continue reading to learn what foods you can’t eat with these restorations and what you should eat instead.

8 Foods to Avoid with Dentures

Dentures can replace several or all of your teeth so you can regain some of your bite power and enjoy a more varied diet. Though they are a much better option than leaving gaps in your smile, there are some foods that you’ll need to avoid with dentures for fear of damage or slipping. These include:

  • Marshmallows, caramel, and other sticky foods
  • Taffy, candy canes, and other hard candies
  • Hard nuts and things that contain them
  • Cranberry and other sticky sauces
  • Raw, hard fruits and veggies
  • Corn on the cob
  • Chewy meats
  • Popcorn

6 Denture-Friendly Foods to Indulge In

Not all popular holiday foods are bad for your smile. There should still be plenty for you to eat at the holiday buffet. Some foods to fill your plate with include:

  • Cooked veggies, such as broccoli, carrots, and Brussels sprouts
  • Smooth or easy-to-chew soups, stews, and broths
  • Tender meats like turkey and chicken breast
  • Green bean casserole (without almonds)
  • Mashed or regular or sweet potatoes
  • Tender meats, like chicken
  • Fish like salmon
  • Pasta or rice

How to Prepare

It’s best to prepare before your holiday meal by ensuring that there will be foods served that you’re able to eat. Be sure to cut your food into small pieces so they’re easy to chew. Additionally, chew slowly and on both sides of your mouth so that the pressure is evenly distributed. Consider visiting your dentist before your holiday meal. This will allow them to perform an oral examination to ensure that your dentures are in good shape.

Though the holidays will be a little bit different if you wear dentures, the above information should make it easier for you to adapt. Soon, you will be enjoying a plate full of tasty holiday delicacies with your loved ones and a beautiful beam to boot!

About the Practice

The smiles of Wheaton and the surrounding Illinois communities are in good hands with Dr. Kathy Lam and her skilled team. They offer quality, effective treatments that will help you keep your smile in good condition. They also offer dentures and other tooth replacement options so you can enjoy all kinds of tasty treats this holiday season. If you want to set up an appointment with Dr. Kathy Lam or to learn more about the services she offers, visit her website or call (630) 653-7720.

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