Can I Eat with Dentures? Enjoy Delicious Meals Again

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Dentures are a fantastic option for restoring your smile and functionality after tooth loss. However, a common concern new denture wearers get is, “Can I eat with Dentures?” The answer is absolutely yes! While there will be an adjustment period, with a little practice and the right techniques, you'll be savoring all sorts of delicious meals in no time. This guide from Springhill Dental Health Center will answer your questions about eating with dentures and equip you with tips for a smooth transition.

What are Dentures?

Dentures are removable appliances that replace missing teeth and help restore your smile. They are typically made from acrylic resin, metal, or a combination of both and are designed to fit snugly over your gums. While they can significantly improve your quality of life, they do require an adjustment period, particularly when it comes to eating.

Can I Eat with Dentures? Adjusting to New Dentures

The short answer is yes, you can eat with dentures. However, getting accustomed to dentures takes time. Initially, your mouth and gums will need time to adjust to the new sensation. Here's what to expect:

  • Start with Soft Foods: In the first few days or weeks, choose a soft diet consisting of mashed potatoes, applesauce, yogurt, soups, and well-cooked vegetables. This allows your gums to heal comfortably while you get used to the feel of dentures.
  • Small Bites and Chewing Evenly: Once you move on to solid foods, take small bites and chew them thoroughly using both sides of your mouth. This helps distribute pressure evenly and prevents dentures from becoming loose or dislodged.
  • Practice Makes Perfect: Eating with dentures requires practice and muscle memory development. Don't be discouraged if you experience initial challenges. With consistent use, you'll regain confidence and skill in chewing.

Eating Guidelines for New Dentures Wearers

Adjusting to new dentures varies for each individual, but it is important to follow a structured diet until your tongue fully adapts to the prosthesis.

Days 1 to 14

During this initial phase, choose liquid-based meals such as soups, juices, puddings, applesauce, and smoothies. Avoid hot foods and beverages, as prolonged exposure to heat can loosen bottom dentures. To aid swallowing, cut food into smaller pieces and chew thoroughly.

Days 15 to 29

Introduce more solid foods like cereals, well-cooked spaghetti, baked potatoes, small portions of meat, and whole-grain bread. These foods may stick, so follow each bite with a sip of water to ease swallowing.

Day 30 and Beyond

By now, your dentures become stable, allowing you to enjoy a variety of foods. Embrace favorites like chicken, corn on the cob, crunchy salads with nuts and seeds, or even crisp apples without worry.

Food You Should Avoid with Dentures

Knowing which foods to avoid with new dentures is essential to maintaining their condition and ensuring they last longer. Dentures, typically made from plastic and metal, can be easily damaged or dislodged if you consume certain items. Here’s a comprehensive list of foods you should steer clear of with dentures:

  • Hard Candy, Nuts, and Chips: These hard foods have the potential to warp dentures and disrupt their fit, leading to discomfort as they may slip or move during chewing.
  • Sticky Candy: Treats like caramels can adhere to dentures, pulling them out of position and creating a breeding ground for bacteria beneath the denture surface, which can cause irritation or infections.
  • Crispy Vegetables: Vegetables such as carrots, celery, and apples require significant chewing force, which can damage dentures or cause them to wear down over time.
  • Chewy Bread: Bagels and similar chewy bread products require tearing apart with the teeth, posing a risk of damaging or cracking dentures depending on the chewing force applied.
  • Popcorn: Hard kernels from popcorn can lodge between the gums and denture plate, potentially causing discomfort and even leading to the appliance's breakdown or dislodgement.

In addition to these items, avoid challenging-to-chew foods like steak or corn on the cob, as they can damage dentures and cause mouth discomfort. By being mindful of these foods, you can help keep your dental prosthesis in excellent condition, ensuring they look good and function effectively for longer.

Dentures Maintenance & Aftercare

Maintaining your dentures and oral health is crucial for long-term success. Here’s how you can ensure your dentures remain in good condition:

  • Clean Your Dentures Daily: Just like natural teeth, dentures require regular cleaning to remove food particles and prevent plaque buildup. Use a soft-bristle toothbrush and non-abrasive denture cleaner to keep them clean.
  • Soak Dentures Overnight: Soak your dentures in a denture-cleaning solution overnight to keep them moist and maintain their shape. This also helps eliminate any bacteria that may have accumulated during the day.
  • Regular Dental Checkups: Schedule regular visits to Springhill Dental Health Center for checkups and professional cleanings. Your dentist can check for any issues with your dentures and make necessary adjustments.
  • Handle with Care: Be gentle with your dentures. Avoid dropping them and handle them over a soft surface like a folded towel to prevent damage if they fall.
  • Maintain Good Oral Hygiene: Clean your gums, tongue, and remaining teeth with a soft toothbrush daily. Good oral hygiene helps prevent infections and ensures a healthy mouth.


Adapting to dentures can take time, but with patience and practice, you can enjoy various foods again. Remember to start with soft foods, chew slowly, and avoid overly sticky or hard items. Using these tips and consulting with your Springhill Dental Health Center's dentist will ensure a comfortable and enjoyable dining experience with your new dentures.

Restore Your Smile with Dentures in Mobile, AL

Contact Springhill Dental Health Center in Mobile, AL, today for expert denture treatments. Our skilled dental specialists are dedicated to crafting customized dentures that meet your unique needs. We're here to address any questions and ensure your dental appliance fits perfectly, boosting your confidence.

Call us now at (251) 265-7808 or fill out our contact form to discover how we can help you achieve the beautiful, functional smile you deserve. Reach out today and take the first step towards a brighter, more confident future with Springhill Dental Health Center.


Is there anything I can't eat with dentures?

Hard candies, nuts, and chips can distort dentures and disrupt their fit, leading to slippage and movement in your mouth while chewing.

What drinks should I avoid with dentures?

Hot beverages like coffee, tea, or soup can be risky for denture wearers because they might cause burns. Dentures can insulate your mouth, making it difficult to accurately sense the temperature of hot liquids.

Can I sleep with my dentures in?

In the initial days after getting your dentures, you may need to wear them almost constantly, even while sleeping. As your mouth adjusts, it's important to start removing your dentures at night. This allows your gums to rest and helps prevent oral health issues related to continuous wear.

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