Although dentures are recommended to give you back your ability to chew, unfortunately, they are not able to provide the same chewing quality as a full set of your own teeth. What you can eat once you have denture will depend on the type of material used to construct the denture, the quality and shape of the design and how many teeth the denture is supporting. For most patients, once the gum settles from any teeth that had to be extracted prior to the denture going in, and after the new denture has gone through a wearing in period (think of it like getting a new pair of shoes) you should be able to eat most foods the average person consumes in a normal healthy diet such as chicken, meat, fruit, vegetables, crackers and snacks.
Foods which are often difficult to consume with denture are:
- Red meat
- Raw carrots
- Sticky foods/lollies
- Fruits with seeds
The reason these foods are often most difficult to eat when you have dentures is that they can easily pull the denture out of place. Dentures rely on either a suction force to the roof of the mouth and/or multiple clasps in order to stay in place. Hard, tough and sticky foods tend to dislodge and move the denture out of place and are therefore avoided.
The second comment denture wearers often have is with regards to the type of diet they must consume to avoid food particles becoming trapped underneath and around the denture. Food debris can cause all sorts of problems such as a bad taste, bad breath, sores from food rubbing, food trapped between the false teeth or a rash or soft tissue infection. Taking the denture out and rinsing after every meal is the key to keeping your mouth healthy and denture clear of foreign objects. Over time, denture wearers learn which foods they can and can’t eat to ensure their denture is clean and stays firmly in place.