The Best Foods for New Denture Wearers

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Wondering what foods are best to eat after getting dentures for the first time? Here's a comprehensive list to get you through this somewhat difficult transitionary period. 


One of the biggest adjustments new denture wearers face is the food they must eat after immediately receiving their complete or partial dentures. While pretty much every type of food will become available to eat again after a short period of time, there are certain ones that are better suited for this initial period. Here they are.
 

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The Best Foods for New Denture Wearers

Upon first receiving your dentures, your gums will need a bit of time to get accustomed to biting and chewing with them. Your gums may also still be a bit sore following any natural teeth you may have had removed as part of the process.

For these reasons, it's important that you stick to the following types of food so your first few meals with your new dentures can be as comfortable as possible:

  • Soups
  • Mashed potatoes
  • Yogurt
  • Applesauce
  • Porridge
  • Pudding
  • Jell-o
  • Juice

It's important to note that you should stay away from hot soups or liquids for the first few days after receiving your complete dentures. The dentures will insulate your mouth from recognizing if a liquid is too hot, which could cause serious discomfort should you end up swallowing it. 

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Returning to Solid Foods

Once a few days have passed and your mouth gets better adjusted to your dentures, you can start incorporating solid foods into your diet again. Just remeber to cut your food up into tinier pieces than you would have before so you don't have to chew as much. The best solid foods to begin with include:

  • Pasta
  • Sushi
  • Soft bread
  • Soft cheeses
  • Rice
  • Beans
  • Soups that have cooked vegetables and tender meat
  • Cooked vegetables

The biggest thing when it comes to transitionary solid foods when you're a new denture wearer is to avoid ones that will cause excessive chewing or biting.
 

Foods You'll Want to Avoid Immediately After Getting Dentures

If you happen to see some of your favourite foods on this list, don't fret. You'll be able to eat them again soon! It's just recommended that you initially avoid them as some of these foods can cause your dentures to shift or can get caught in the spaces between them and your gums. They can also cause you pain or discomfort if your gums are still sore from having any natural teeth removed. Some of the biggest ones to avoid right away after getting your dentures include: 

  • Popcorn
  • Steak
  • Nuts
  • Sticky candy

For one reason or another, the above foods will most likely lead to an unpleasant eating experience should you try to eat them right after getting your dentures. But as time goes on, you'll easily be able to eat these foods again. Just remember to always cut your steak or tougher meats into smaller pieces so you don't have to chew as much.
 

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Vlad Dumbrava

Vlad Dumbrava has been active in the field of denture therapy since 2008. Upon receiving his denturist degree in 2011 from George Brown College in Toronto, Ontario, he continued his education in Medical Sciences at Western University.


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