Dentures are an essential part of many people's lives, they provide confidence and necessary support, but you should still exhibit caution while eating particular foods. Keep reading to learn why it is better to exercise caution, instead of trying to conquer, certain types of food with your dentures.
Dentures are artificial teeth and gums that fit over your natural gums and adhere to them under most conditions; however, the thought of your dentures popping out while you eat may be a bit unsettling, but the probability of such an event can be significantly decreased if you avoid certain foods. Sticky candy, such as Sour Patch Kids and Starbursts, are notorious for getting stuck in tough places to reach; this type of food will drastically add to the time it will take you to clean your dentures.
Peanut butter will also get stuck all over your dentures, especially because it spreads very easily. Nuts and popcorn can both provide a tough chewing challenge; they both apply uneven pressure to your dentures while you eat, which then causes them to become dislodged from your mouth. In addition to an increased probability of popping from their place, kernels and pieces of nuts can easily become lodged between your teeth and in your molars.
Meats, vegetables, and other types of food that require excessive chewing should be avoided; chewing with uneven pressure slightly dislodges your dentures, and doing this action repeatedly may damage your gums and wear-out your denture adhesives, if you use them.
We hope that this list helps you avoid unnecessary pain and cleaning effort; while you may not be able to resist the temptation of a particularly tasty treat mentioned above, it is important to clean your dentures immediately to avoid bacterial growth. Please call our office for more information, or to set up an appointment.