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Cup of coffee with coffee beans on a beautiful brown background.Dentures are removable appliances that can replace missing teeth and help improve or restore your smile. There are several different types, and they all require good dental hygiene. If you wear dentures, there are also some kinds of food that you might want to avoid. Here are a few that Flossmoor dentists suggest you might want to leave behind in the grocery store.

Coffee and Tea

Fine in moderation, these favorites can cause dehydration if you drink them too often. Dehydration reduces saliva that is necessary for lubricating your mouth; if your mouth gets too dry, the friction from dentures will irritate gums and cause discomfort. You might want to consider drinking less of these or switch to decaf.


Since people eat this popular snack in small sizes, they tend to chew on just one side of the mouth. Doing so with dentures can risk having them come loose or see one side flipping up. You might consider replacing nuts with more denture-friendly snacks like berries, pitted olives or seedless grapes.

Sticky foods

Nut butters like peanut butter and almond butter are incredibly sticky. They are difficult to get off the roof of your mouth, but even more so with dentures. You can replace with hummus or spreadable salads for a much easier time. Your dentists in Flossmoor, IL, also recommend that you avoid sticky candy, which can loosen dentures.


Steaks are a lot of work for your teeth. They involve biting into one of the tougher foods available, and then need lots of chewing that can put additional and unnecessary pressure on dentures.Your Flossmoor dentists suggest you would have an easier time with softer meats like pork, chicken and fish.

Foods with small hard pieces

Popcorn is notoriously hard on teeth, with its small hard bits that can get caught between teeth. The same goes for bread or crackers with seeds like poppy seeds or sesame seeds. These small pieces can get caught under dentures and cause immense discomfort.

Hard fruits

Apples, carrots and corn-on-the-cob are a few of the harder raw foods you can eat. They require you to put additional pressure into your bites, which can put extra pressure on your front teeth and dislodge dentures. A better option might be to puree these items instead.

Please contact or visit the Center for Dental Excellence at our dental office in Flossmoor, IL for much more information!


This information is not meant as medical advice. It is provided solely for education. Our dental office in Flossmoor, IL would be pleased to discuss your unique circumstances and needs as they relate to these topics.

About The Center for Dental Excellence

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