It's summer once again, which means it's time to fire up the grill and start cooking barbecue. If you're a denture wearer, it's important to pick the right foods to protect your teeth. If you're new to wearing dentures, you may not yet be aware of which grilling foods that are safe and which common grilling foods need to be avoided. The tips below will help.

Stay Away from Tough Meats

Tough meats can be hard to chew, and extensive chewing of tough meats can cause your gums and prosthesis to rub against one another, creating sores. Some examples of meats that should be avoided include:

  • Ribs
  • Pork chops
  • Steak

If you must eat some of the above types of meats, make sure the meats are as tender as possible. Purchasing good quality steak, marinating it for a long time and slow cooking it for even longer will help ensure that the steak is relatively soft and easy to chew.

Avoid Foods that Require Uneven Pressure

Foods like corn on the cob require the jaws to place uneven pressure on the dentures. This is in part because of the nature of corn on the cob, which must first be chewed off the cob before it can be eaten, and it's also partly because of the hardness of corn kernels. This uneven pressure can be bad for the dentures and bad for the gums. If you're considering eating corn on the cob at your summer barbecues, try cutting the corn off the cob before consuming the food, and choose the most tender, juiciest corn possible.

Focus on Eating Easy-to-Chew Foods

The following easy to chew foods are much better for your dentures than the foods described above:

  • Burger. Ground up meats like hamburger are generally considered safe to eat with your dentures. Like with the meats above, the more tender the better. Your dentures are the perfect reason to inject your burgers with sauces and tenderizers to help ensure that your burger will be as moist and delicious as possible.
  • Grilled vegetables. Grilled veggies are naturally softer and easy to break down, which makes them the perfect side dish to serve with your burger.
  • Baked beans. Baked beans are both soft and tasty, so they're the perfect choice for people with dentures.

Enjoy the good food this summer! For more information about the foods you can eat with dentures in your mouth, talk to your dentist.