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Although partial dentures can restore your smile and help you feel confident again, they can take some getting used to.

When you’re adjusting to eating with these dentures, it is helpful to keep in mind foods that are ok to eat, and foods you should avoid.

What Makes Eating with Dentures Different?

While partial or full dentures can help you keep the function of your natural teeth, the key difference is that they do not send nerve responses to your brain. Ordinarily, when you are chewing, the many nerve sensors beneath your natural teeth send information to your brain to help regulate how hard you bite or chew. Since there is no sensory transmission between your dentures and your brain, you will need to allow for an adjustment period while you get used to eating with dentures in.

Things to Avoid

Here are some foods to avoid while you’re adjusting to your new dentures, along with the reasons for avoiding them:

  • Nuts. These can be extremely hard and cause damage to your dentures and gums, especially almonds and peanuts.
  • Steak. Chewing tough meats can put a great deal of pressure on your dentures and gums, causing you pain.
  • Popcorn. The occasional unpopped kernel can wreak havoc on your dentures, causing damage. Also, the particles of kernels easily get lodged in your teeth and are difficult to remove.
  • Peanut butter or caramel. These foods can be very sticky and cause dentures to dislodge and are also difficult to remove during your daily denture cleaning.
  • Small seeds and nuts. Things like sesame seeds or poppyseeds can easily get stuck beneath your partials and cause problems.
  • Hard candy. Biting down on hard candy is a recipe for denture damage. If you do wish to enjoy hard candy, make sure you suck on it only, and don’t crunch it.
  • Biting into foods. Particularly if your partials are in the front of your mouth, avoid biting into things like apples, corn on the cob, protein bars, or hard rolls. These types of foods put pressure on your dentures and can cause problems. Choose to cut these into bite-size pieces and chew with the sides of your mouth instead.

Foods to Enjoy with Partial Dentures

There are plenty of foods you can still enjoy while you adjust to your new dentures. Again, give yourself time to adjust to wearing them, and make things easier by choosing soft foods in bite-size pieces.

  • Eggs. These are an excellent choice as they are very soft, nutritious, and can be prepared many different ways.
  • Fish. A tender, good source of protein that is easy on your dentures.
  • Cooked vegetables. You can still get plenty of vegetables into your diet, just be sure to cook them first to ensure they’re soft.
  • Soup. Another great way to get plenty of nutrition into your diet, though you’ll need to be careful about the temperature while you’re adjusting to your dentures.

Mark’s Dentures Can Help

Over time, you’ll learn what you can handle, and as you adjust to eating with your partials in, you’ll be able to add more foods back into your diet. If you’re ready to create a new smile with partial dentures, Mark’s Dentures has all the expertise and care you need. Contact our Holladay, Utah team for a free consultation today. We happily provide service to the greater Salt Lake Valley, Tooele, and as far as Rock Springs or Evanston in Wyoming!