It’s not uncommon for seniors to wear full or partial dentures, and while they are relatively easy to adjust to, there are certain foods denture wearers should avoid at all costs. If you provide your loved one in-home care, San Antonio suggest you to advise him or her to use caution when biting down on the following foods.
Seniors who wear dentures will likely have a hard time after eating popcorn. Popcorn easily gets lodged in teeth, and it can be particularly painful to deal with food stuck under the dentures. Alternatively, you can try air-puffed veggie crisps, another great snack that can satisfy a craving for something salty.
2. Sticky candy
Candy (or any other foods) that are sticky and chewy have a good chance of dislodging dentures. Don’t take the chance. Instead, opt for something soft like frozen yogurt or pudding. Denture wearers can also try sugar-free gum, which boosts saliva production.
Pieces of nuts can easily get stuck under dentures. Since most people are only chewing on one side of the mouth when eating nuts, there is a risk of the dentures coming loose or flipping up as well. A good alternative is pitted olives, which are easier to chew and still have the heart-healthy fats found in nuts.
4. Seeded crackers or breads
Like nuts, seeds can get stuck under dentures, which is painful and uncomfortable. As an alternative, eat whole grain breads and crackers with the grains baked in or avoid them altogether.
5. Raw fruits and vegetables
Hard fruits and vegetables, such as apples and carrots, can put too much pressure on the incisors and dislodge the dentures. Try blending fruits and veggies for a healthy smoothie instead.
6. Peanut butter
Sticky peanut butter is one of the hardest things to clear from the mouth when you have dentures, as are other nut butters. Instead, try hummus, tapenades, or even cottage cheese.
For more information on senior health, reach out to Home Care Assistance of San Antonio. Our trusted and experienced hourly caregivers can grocery shop, prepare, and cook healthy meals ideal for denture wearers. Hourly and live-in caregivers are also available to help with personal grooming, incontinence, light housework, running errands, and more. Give us a call at (210) 495-6300 to schedule a free in-home consultation today.