November 3, 2022
The holidays are a time full of cheer and good atmosphere. From the decorations to the seasonal movies, there’s a lot to look forward to. Not to mention what many people consider to be the best part of the season: the food. Though it may be tempting to fill up on as many of these seasonal delicacies as possible before they go back into the holiday vault, many of them have negative affects on your smile. This may be especially true for people who have dentures. Continue reading to learn about which holiday foods you should not eat with dentures and what to chow down on instead.
8 Foods to Avoid with Dentures
Dentures are replacement teeth that are attached to a gum-colored base. They blend in with the rest of your smile and give you back some of your bite power so you can eat more foods. Speaking of foods, some of them can harm your restorations, such as:
- Carrots and other raw, hard fruits and vegetables
- Faffy, candy canes, and other hard candies
- Foods with nuts, such as pecan pie
- Cranberry sauce
- Corn on the cob
- Chewy meats
6 Denture-Friends Foods to Indulge In
Though there are several foods that can damage your dentures, not all of them are bad for your smile. A few foods you should consider are:
- Cooked broccoli, carrots, Brussels sprouts, and other veggies
- Tender meats like turkey and chicken breast
- Green bean casserole (without almonds)
- Mashed or regular or sweet potatoes
- Pasta, pasta salad, or rice
- Fish like salmon
One of the best ways to ensure that you don’t damage your dentures while eating holiday foods is to prepare beforehand. Be sure to prepare foods that are safe for your smile to ensure that you’ll have plenty to eat. This will also help you resist the temptation to eat things that might damage your restorations. Additionally, you should visit your dentist before the holiday so they can do an oral examination and ensure that your dentures are in good condition.
During the Feast
While eating, cut your food into small pieces that are easy to chew. This Weill make it easier for you to eat without your dentures shifting in your mouth. Additionally, chew slowly on both sides of your mouth. This will evenly distribute your bite forces. Eating this way will also help prevent excess stress on one part of your dentures so they don’t slip.
Wearing dentures during the holidays may take some getting used to, but the above tips will make the holidays a breeze. So, start preparing for your next holiday meal. Your smile will thank you for it!
About the Practice
Dr. David Earnest loves what he does, and it’s apparent in the care he offers his patients. Along with his team at Sequin Dentures & Implants, he gives patients an enjoyable office experience from the moment they walk through the door. Additionally, missing teeth will soon be a problem of the past with replacement options like dentures to make the holidays a breeze. Visit Sequin Dentures & Implants’ website or call their office at (830) 549-5112 for more information on dentures or to set up an appointment.
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