The Easter holiday is often a time for family, fun, and candy. But not all candy is created equal! Some types of candy are safer than others for dentures. Let’s talk about the safest candy choices for dentures so you can enjoy the holiday without unnecessary worry.
Candy to Avoid
When looking for the safest candy choices for dentures, it can help to start by knowing which types of candy to avoid. These include any candy that is chewy, sticky, crunchy, or hard.
Chewy or sticky candy like caramels or taffy can pull your dentures out of place while crunchy and hard candies, such as those that contain nuts, may result in damage to your dentures. Avoiding these types of candy can go a long way towards keeping your dentures and gums looking and feeling their best.
Safer Candy Options
Now, let’s talk about some of the safest candy choices for dentures! In general, chocolate is one of the safest candy choices for dentures because of how it melts in your mouth. Just make sure to select chocolate that is free of nut pieces, chewy caramel or truffle centers. Some popular chocolates with peanut butter or mint fillings that are soft and not chewy or sticky can be denture-friendly options. If the chocolate is thick or requires biting into, break off smaller pieces with your hands instead.
Other candy options that can be safe include hard candies or suckers (if they are not chewed, but rather sucked on until they dissolve completely).
If you’ve got a sweet tooth around holidays, it can also be a great option to plan ahead a bit and bake or buy some delicious baked goods. Soft pastries, cookies, or cakes can all be excellent options to satisfy your sweet tooth while also being safe for your dentures.
It’s always a good idea to drink plenty of water and clean your dentures thoroughly after enjoying candy or other sugary foods. This can help to ensure that your dentures stay in top shape and your gums stay healthy and comfortable.
If you experience any discomfort while chewing candy or other foods, make an appointment with your dentist to ensure that your dentures fit properly and are in good shape. As always, don’t hesitate to ask your dentist any questions you have about denture-friendly foods and denture-related care.
Call our Greenwood Village Dental Office to make an appointment with a dentist who may be able to help you find out more about this topic, and improve your oral health.