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How to Eat with Dentures

Three Methods:Learning to ChewEating with DenturesAvoiding Certain Foods

If you have recently decided that you need dentures, you may be wondering how you are to eat while wearing them. You'll need to learn a new way of chewing and to take care with the foods that you eat. In addition, there are some foods you'll now need to avoid. Put these things together and you should find it much easier to eat with dentures.

Method 1
Learning to Chew

Chewing with dentures on is not like regular chewing. You must be really careful when eating until you get the hang of the proper way to chew while wearing dentures.

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    Take a small bite of food. Split the food up so that half is on one side of your mouth and half is on the other. The food should be in the back sides of your mouth or in the corners.[1]
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    Chew the food on both sides of your mouth. As stated above, half the food should be on the right side of your mouth and half should be on the left. Slowly chew the food on both sides at the same time. When you chew an equal amount of food on each side of your mouth, your dentures will more likely stay in place and you will even out the chewing pressure on both sides of your mouth.
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    Do not try to bite or tear food with your front teeth. If you try to bite food with your front teeth, you run a high chance of displacing your dentures. Instead, bite food using the teeth on the sides of your mouth. Chew thoroughly and slowly before you swallow your food.[2]

Method 2
Eating with Dentures

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    Be aware that you may lose your ability to perceive some tastes. When you wear dentures, particularly dentures for the upper arch, they actually cover up some of your taste buds. This results in an inability to taste some liquids and foods. Eventually, you will adapt to this change in taste buds and the sensation caused by the dentures.[3]
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    Start eating with a liquid diet. For people who have never worn dentures before, it may be very difficult to eat any sort of solid food. Because of this, it is recommended that you begin eating a liquid diet when you get your dentures for the first time. A liquid diet includes[4]:
    • Milk, creamed soups & plain yoghurt (no chunks of fruits or vegetables).
    • Pureed fruits and vegetables, and strained cooked cereals.
    • Tea, coffee, honey, and egg custards.
    • Applesauce, puddings and soup broth.
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    Take small sips. It is important not to fill your whole mouth with liquid or liquid-y foods. If you hold too much liquid in your mouth at one time, it could actually loosen your dentures, causing them to fall off.[5]
    • You should also take sips because it is often hard to tell how hot a liquid is when you have dentures in. Because of this, if you took a big gulp and held it in your mouth, you could potentially burn yourself.
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    Switch to a soft diet once you feel you are ready. These foods are easy to chew and swallow. Any food you do choose to eat should be chopped into small bites so that they are more easy to manage. Aside from all of the foods you could eat on your liquid diet, you can also eat[6]:
    • Soft cheese, eggs, mashed potatoes, ground meat, cooked legumes.
    • Soft fruits like bananas, boiled rice and pasta, fruit jellies, pudding, custard, and ice cream.
    • Breads and cereals should be softened with milk or water before you eat them.

Method 3
Avoiding Certain Foods

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    Avoid solid hard foods. Dentures are not as hard as teeth. Your dentures could easily break and fracture if excessive force is put on them, thus you will need to modify your diet. Solid hard foods, such as tough red meat and eating corn on the cob, require greater forces to be able to cut, chew and grind the food with your teeth. Foods to avoid include[7]:
    • Chewy steak or pork, crusty bread, corn on the cob, and whole fruits like apples.
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    Avoid sticky foods. Sticky foods, such as caramel and chewing gum, can get trapped and stick in between the dentures and teeth. These items can cause damage such as tooth decay, pain, discomfort, bad breath, and discoloration. If you can’t avoid eating some of these foods, or really have a craving for a certain food, you should drink water immediately after eating. The water will help to prevent the foods from sticking to the surface of your dentures.[8]
    • Foods to avoid include: chocolates, caramels, and other candy bars.
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    Avoid foods with small particles. Fruits and berries with seeds and nuts must also be avoided by denture wearers because these small particles could easily slip in between the denture and the tissue surface causing pain and discomfort. Foods to avoid include:
    • Strawberries, raspberries, blackberries, seeds, and nuts.


  • Ask your dentist about denture adhesives which help your dentures stay in place while you chew and talk. Dental adhesives also protect against food particles that could build up between your dentures and gums.
  • You can also use denture creams and powders to keep your dentures in place. Ask your dentist about denture creams or powders he recommends.
  • Always use your tongue to bring food to the back of your mouth. Do not try to chew at the front of your mouth.


  • Do not try to eat anything hard on your first day of wearing dentures. You can very easily break them on a hard piece of food.
  • If you try to eat solid food before you are used to your dentures, you could swallow a piece of unchewed food and begin to choke.

Sources and Citations

  2. "Fixodent Beauty & Aging Survey." Proctor and Gamble. August 22nd - August 31, 2009.
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