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Whether you wear braces or dentures, there are foods to watch out for when you want to protect your smile. After tooth loss, dentures can help you get your smile back to function and appearance, both full or partial dentures. Your dentures will serve you well as you treat them with care, particularly when it comes to chewing. In fact, food can support or harm your prosthetic. At Carter-Rockbridge General Dentistry P.C. in Norcross, Georgia, we would like to share some thoughts today on which foods support your smile best in dentures.

At Carter-Rockbridge General Dentistry P.C. in Norcross, Georgia, we would like to share some thoughts today on which foods support your smile best in dentures.

#1 Chewy Meats: Thick, chewy cuts of meat including pork chops and steak can be difficult for your dentures to masticate properly without dislodging the dentures. It is best to thinly slice the pieces and ensure they are small, bite-sized pieces. This preventative measure will help prevent sore spots under the dentures as you eat. Better alternatives include softer cuts of meat, including chicken, turkey, ground beef, and fish.

#2 Fruits and Vegetables: Everyone wants you to eat your fruits and veggies to get the required daily nutrients in your diet. However, this can prevent a challenge to your dentures if they are not prepared correctly. Particularly crisp carrots, apples, and even corn on the cob if you bite into them. Cutting your fruit and veggies into easily chewy pieces will also help your dentures. Slicing the corn off the cob and onto your plate instead of biting into it will keep your dentures from dislodging. Green smoothies can also help you get your daily recommended fruits and vegetables into your diet.

#3 Snacks: Do you like to chew popcorn? Unfortunately, hard foods that can stick in your teeth and your oral appliance–including tough nuts–can cause discomfort with dentures. Better choices include softer foods—such as olives without the pits, seedless grapes, or rice cakes.

#4 Sticky Foods: You probably already know that sticky foods are tough on dentures and braces. These foods, like caramel candy and nut butters (peanut or almond butter) can dislodge your dentures while chewing. Switching to sugar-free gum instead of eating sticky candies and replacing nut butter with salad spreads–egg, chicken, or tuna salad—or hummus, is better for your smile.

#5 Drinks: Caffeinated beverages like coffee, tea, and soda serve as diuretics, which means the healthy saliva production in the mouth is reduced. Saliva is necessary to a healthy oral environment for its moisturizing properties. If you have a dry mouth, your dentures will feel uncomfortable, as they should be kept in a moist environment for proper fit. Increase your hydration by drinking water with your caffeinated beverages, or switch to decaffeinated versions.

Dr. Gloria Stingley and our Carter-Rockbridge General Dentistry P.C. team hope these tips help you to adjust to your new dentures. With good care, your dentures will serve you well and give you much to smile about in Norcross, Georgia.

If you have any questions or concerns about your smile, or to schedule a visit with our dentist, please call us at 770-662-5955. We look forward to helping you maintain the healthy smile you deserve!