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Look Out! 5 Holiday Foods To Avoid with Dentures

November 3, 2021

Filed under: Uncategorized — lexingtondental @ 3:43 pm
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The holiday season is filled with creamy mashed potatoes, spiced pumpkin pie, juicy turkey – delicious foods as far as the eye can see! If this is your first Thanksgiving with dentures, then you may think that indulging in these seasonal staples is out of the question. In reality, you only have to be cautious of a handful of foods. After all, the last thing you want is for your day off to be spent in your emergency dentist’s office. To prevent that from happening, keep reading to learn which holiday foods you can and can’t eat with dentures.

5 Holiday Foods to Avoid with Dentures

Dentures are incredibly durable, but they can crack, chip, or fracture from excessive force. That’s why it’s important to avoid the following foods:

  • Tough meats, like steak
  • Hard nuts
  • Crunchy candies
  • Sticky foods, like pecan pie
  • Popcorn

8 Holiday Foods You Can Enjoy with Dentures

While you can’t eat everything with dentures, the list of things you can is far longer.

  • Lean protein, like turkey and tofu
  • Fruit, like fresh berries and seedless grapes
  • Cooked vegetables
  • Soft foods, like mashed potatoes
  • Pumpkin pie
  • Dinner rolls
  • Green bean casserole (with no nuts)
  • Ice cream

Important Tips for Eating Holiday Foods with Dentures

Knowing which foods to fill your plate with this holiday season is an important first step. The next one is to implement a few best practices that will make your dining experience much more enjoyable. First, cut your food into smaller pieces. This will help mitigate extensive chewing, which can be difficult. Next, exercise caution with hot drinks and beverages. Since your dentures don’t have nerves, it can be difficult to assess the temperature until it’s too late. Lastly, make sure to chew evenly, not favoring one side of your mouth over the other.

Dentures are designed to restore your smile and your bite. So, you don’t have to miss out on all the holiday foods simply because of your restoration. In fact, you’ll likely see a drastic improvement since chewing with gaps in your teeth can be uncomfortable and difficult. In short, keep the above information in mind to have a fun-filled, relaxing, enjoyable holiday season!

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