One of the best things about the holidays is enjoying good food with friends and family. There are plenty of delicious treats and dinners to be had, and the last thing you’re probably thinking about is your dentures. But it’s very important to be aware of certain holiday foods that can damage them and your gums. Keep reading to learn which holiday foods are naughty and which ones are nice for denture wearers.
Crunchy Fruits and Veggies
Biting into apples, carrots or other crunchy fruits or veggies can be difficult for while wearing dentures. They can cause your dentures to shift and become loose. It’s best to slice or puree these foods before enjoying them.
Crunching on nuts can result in not only damage to your dentures, but also pain. The sharp edges caused by biting into them can get stuck under the palate of your dentures and prevent them from fitting properly. This can also irritate your gums. You may consider eating olives instead. They’re easy to eat and they’re great for helping to prevent osteoporosis and cancer.
Toffee and Other Sticky Foods
Caramel, peanut brittle and toffee may be holiday favorites, but they can be tough to chew and may loosen the suction between your denture and gums. If particles from these foods get stuck under your dentures, they can cause a buildup of bacteria that may result in sore, irritated gum tissue.
The constant chewing required to tenderize a well-done steak, beef jerky or pork chops can put unnecessary stress on your dentures and possibly dislodge them. It can also create sore spots on your gums.
The popped pieces of this movie-goer favorite may be soft, but the kernels are very hard. They can get stuck in your teeth or under your dentures, which can be very painful. Try crunching on some airy crisps or cheese puffs instead.
Foods You Can Enjoy
The good news is that there are still many foods you can enjoy without a second thought. This includes:
- Slow-cooked or ground meats
- Pulled Pork
- Ripe fruits and cooked vegetables
- Smooth dark or milk chocolate
- Soft Cheese
There are still plenty of snacks and treats that you can enjoy this holiday season. Eating the right foods, proper oral care and visiting your dentist on a regular basis will help keep your dentures in excellent working condition for many years to come.
About the Author
Since 2009, Dr. Martin Barco has been dedicated to providing every patient in the Bloomington area with superior dental care. He is a member of the American Dental Association, the Indiana Dental Association, the Southern Indiana Dental Association and the Spear Dental Study Club. Dr. Barco enjoys helping patients feel confident in their smiles and offers everything from general cleanings and exams to customized dentures. If you’re considering dentures, contact the office at (812) 332-8290 or visit the website to schedule an appointment.