What was the first, previously off-limit food you ate?

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Many of us who have lived with bad/missing teeth have a list of foods that are simply off limit and impossible to eat...nuts, corn on the cob, apples, etc.

What was the first food from your "off-limits" list you attempted to eat and were you successful?

For me it was a raw baby carrot the minute I got home from the dentist and I did surprisingly well. I'm on day three with my permanents (I didn't go with immediates) and so far I've successfully managed tortilla chips, corn (not on the cob) and baked chicken, but eating that carrot was a life changing experience. I haven't had a raw carrot in at least 5 years.
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One day I was able to eat several chicken drummies with garlic sauce.  It never happened again.
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Christina

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I haven't had chicken wings on the bone in years. Why has it never happened again?
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Spanky

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because no damn adhesive works to keep the bottom denture anchored.   I AM SO FRUSTRATED.
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Cassie Duff

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Ive been using holdtite paste in my lowers and it holds great .i put it in 10 mins b4 dinners ready so it sets nicely.
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Ice cream!  The cold used to be too much for my teeth.
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TJ

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Ice cream. Followed by donuts, coffee cake and pizza - all eaten the way they were meant to be!
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Diane Simons

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Why can't you eat ice cream nobody told me I couldn't eat ice cream I thought that that would be soothing on my mouth please explain
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Melanie Baker

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I think they r saying b4 dentures they couldn't prob cuz cold hurt but now they CAN bcuz of having dentures. Ice cream is a REALLY good thing after and u can have it. It does sooth alot
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Yeah, it was the first thing I could eat that I hadn't in a long time.  Pretty much anything really cold had to be consumed through a straw.  Not a problem any more!  Yay!
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I'm gonna get crazy this weekend and pick up some Klondike bars.  Havent had one of those in years!
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TJ:   What would you do for a Klondike Bar?
TJ:   Have all my teeth pulled and dentures put in ;)
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Funny!
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Spanky, I'm so sorry to hear that. How long have you had your dentures? What adhesives have you tried? I can imagine how frustrated you must be! I really hope it gets better for you soon.

Ice cream, pizza, donuts - all delicious choices! I haven't tried breads yet, but it's those little things like eating pizza without a knife and fork that excite me.
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I am 4 days post op having all my teeth pulled, now I have to wait 6-8 weeks for impressions that entails 1 visit a week for impressions for 4 weeks! Then how ever long it takes to make the dentures. Has anyone else experienced this I feel so alone
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Are they waiting 6-8 weeks to let the gums heal before they take impressions?
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Melanie Renna

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Yes then impressions once a week for a month
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I waited 4 months to get perms.  I could not afford to do temps then perms so I waited.  Honestly I can't eat much with my dentures but my gums did heal nice and quick.
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Yes my insurance doesn't cover temporarys either so I have to go probably about 3/4 months with no teeth it's so embarrassing and food is limited being I just had 11 teeth extracted! It's good knowing and reading all of these messages that I am not alone!
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Awesome couple of days for me on day 31 and 32. Did fried Mac and cheese at Cotton Patch last night, along with a chicken fried steak.

Had a bagel with cream cheese at Einstein this morning. Just tried potato chips for the first time since e day, a little bit of a challenge with them going everywhere in my mouth but no real problems.
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That's fantastic TJ! I had chicken and veggie pizza last night with no utensils which was really cool. I also managed some Doritos and more jalapeño kettle chips than I care to admit. I couldn't remember which chewing gums were safe so I picked up some Trident, which was a total fail. Lol. Live and learn.
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Luckily I've never been a gum person so that's not one of my issues! I do love chocolate though, so I'm on the hunt for some that doesn't stick too bad and still tastes good. Andes Mints are a definite fail- damn things stick like glue to my upper.
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I did the chocolate thing too. Milk chocolate seemed to stick worse than dark chocolate, but I managed. I held it against the top plate so it wouldn't melt between my cheeks and gums and used my tongue to "eat" it. It took a bit longer to finish but that's okay. Less chocolate is better for my waistline. Lol.
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I've got a sweet tooth (part of my problem to begin with) so a chocolate replacement is a big priority.
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I got humbled by my dinner last night.  Ive been craving a juicy steak for weeks, so grilled a ribeye.  Normal size bites are out, at least for now.  Finally got the right size, but by then my adhesive had quit on me and my jaws were spent.  Good learning experience (and what I managed to get down tasted goooooood!)
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That is exactly what I ate the day before I had my surgery I had a juicy rib-eye so thick and so large it was wonderful the day before that I had Lobster and the day before that I had pizza so I got my favorite rings in and a hamburger homemade sirloin I got in all my favorite foods before I knew I was not going to be able to touch any of them for at least a month or more so I can I'm feeling you on the steak but that is so out of my realm of possibility right now I hate you for even mentioning it because now all I can think about is a wonderful medium-rare ribeye smothered with mushrooms or a big six slice of prime rib I will be drooling for the rest of the day thank you so much
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Right b4 I got teeth extracted I went and ate the biggest burger.lol I had to tell my dentist sorry cuz I had onions but I had the biggest smile. Lol. He laughed and told me he's used to that happening.
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I've been gunning for a burger since day 1, but just havent had the chance yet.  I did pick up some patties and buns at the store, so I'm going to test run at home before I hit the magical In-n-Out.  I've also been craving all you can eat Korean food (there's an awesome one near me) but holding off on until I'm dead bang positive I can do it.

This weekend was a lot of food experimenting to gauge where I'm at in that department.  Bacon is still a challenge right now (either too chewy or too crisp), but poached eggs on toast worked well.  Steamed broccoli is awesome, until you get that one stem that isnt completely soft and breaks your upper loose.  Klondike bar? Nailed it!  I even had a couple pieces of my wife's popcorn the other day - as long as I went slow and didnt cram a handful in at once, its was good.

I'm kind of a goal oriented person, so setting food landmarks seems to be working for me.  Right now, its a burger.  Once I've hit that mark, its korean food.  After that, I'm going to revisit the steak again.  Everyone has to find their pace and their timeline - you'll get your steak soon, Diane!  Its rough going at first, but once you find the right combination of adhesive, healing and time - you'll be hitting all that good grub again.
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It's 9:30 in the morning here, but a juicy char-grilled medium rare steak sounds so good right now! I haven't attempted steak yet, but I'll have to pick some up soon.


I had Beef Barbacoa tacos with roasted peppers and onions and whole wheat tortillas last night with no problems, but surprisingly the pico de gallo presented a challenge. It had chunky raw red onions that were too big to swallow without a few good chews but still small enough to easily slip from my bite alignment. I'll be more mindful when chopping onions the next time I make it and hopefully avoid that problem.


This is off topic, but something I noticed I had trouble with is...whistling. I've never been a great whistler but I must have tried for 45 minutes last night before I finally managed to eek out a single super sad semi-whistle. Luckily for me, whistling isn't a requirement in my daily life, but the thought of not being able to do something so simple really irks me. Can any of you whistle?
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The first time I tried tacos after dentures I ate the tacos fine but a tiny piece of jalapeno got under top and by gums. Talk about burn. Lol.
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Now y'all are making me want tacos.
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I have the BIGGEST problem with peanut butter. Still. Lol
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My favorite nighttime snack for years has been peanut butter on toast.  I've been craving it, but I dont know as I'm ready for that failure just yet.  Havent had any PB since e-day unless it was blended up in a shake
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I haven't had a grilled cheese or tried peanut butter yet. Aside from chewing gum, I hadn't considered that some previously "safe" foods may now be iffy. Now that you guys have mentioned it, I can definitely see peanut butter taking some practice. I'm not a huge fan of pb, but Reece's PB Cups are a different story. I'll be heartbroken if I have to give up those little morsels of pure magic. Lol.
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Coworker brought in boneless chicken wings yesterday, which I havent been able to eat for quite a while.  Grabbed one for testing purposes only (I really dislike BWW) and managed to bite, chew and swallow with no problems at all.  I was a little nervous abou the coating, but I crunched through it pretty well.

That little experiment gave me the confidence to hit up our favorite korean BBQ joint last night.  While I would never call a trip there a failure, it knocked me back down to the reality that I'm not even 6 weeks past e day yet.  Rice grains got stuck in the back edge of my upper a few times, I didnt have the bite pressure I needed to get through a couple items, my lower came loose about halfway through dinner and I've got multiple sore spots this morning as a result.  I managed most things just fine (including my favorites - short ribs and bulgogi) but it'll probably be a few weeks before I give it another try.

Two items knocked off my New Toofs Bucket list in one day is pretty good, I think.
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That's great, TJ! I'm so glad that you were able to finally enjoy the Korean food you've been craving. I'd say last night was a definite win for you, despite the few hurdles you encountered. I'm envious that you have access to good Bulgogi. I haven't had good Bulgogi since our last trip to D.C.. Living in So. Florida, I'm surrounded by amazing Latin food restaurants, but I have yet to find a decent Bulgogi.


Each new food presents unique new challenges, but I'm sure with practice and time we'll find that most of those challenges can be overcome. Are you still doing salt water rinses to help with the sore spots?
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We've got a pretty good Korean population in DFW, so there are plenty of good options.  My favorite is one of the places thats got a grill at your table and you cook it yourself.  Especially now that its taking me a lot longer to eat - I dont feel like I've got to rush if we're gonna be there for a while anyway.

I still havent gotten to In-N-Out yet and I've got a strange craving for fried chicken, so I suspect in the next day or two I'll be back in action.  Today is going to be a recovery day, I think.  Pretty sure I'm going with oatmeal, slightly overcooked pasta with some pulled chicken and ice cream.

I've backed off a little on the saltwater rinses lately - I feel like they're drying my gums out.  I do warm water only most of the time with a shot of Listerine before bed.  I know its not neccessarily the most popular path, but it seems to be working for me right now.
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I had my first "hard no" food experience yesterday. Heading to the gym on an empty stomach I grabbed a coconut protein bar out of habit. It's similar to an Almond Joy but much more dense. I could not manage to get that sucker down. It kept growing with each bite and those coconut pieces were everywhere. Not a good look.

Now for the good news. Today's lunch was a success: sushi and crab rangoons from a local Asian fusion buffet. I chose the more thinly sliced pieces of sushi and the only problem I had was the chopsticks. ;-)
Fresh cherries and strawberries were also easy enough. I was concerned the cherry pitt or the tiny strawberry seeds might be a problem, but I handled both just fine.

Hope you're all enjoying your weekend!
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I passed up a heck of a deal on strawberries at the store because I thought of the seeds.  Dang, now I wish I would have bought them.
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I havent even thought about sushi yet!  Thats awesome - I quit eating it after I got the stink eye for cutting it in half to eat it a while back.  Maybe now I'll be able to be normal with that too.  Thanks for the suggestion.

I actually downed two burgers today - one from Whatburger (it may be a Texas thing but they're almost as good as In-N-Out) on the way to the inlaws....and then another at the in laws LOL.  Still having trouble with lettuce and tomato, but buns and burger are getting to be normal again.
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Bought a bag of the "ultra thin" pretzel sticks today and man, they may be my new favorite things ever.  Had chili for dinner last night and got to use saltines as a spoon again, then had the frozen Oreo ice cream sandwiches for desert.  They were a little tough if I tried to take too big a bite, but definitely manageable.  
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Christina what gum do you chew? As I've tried extra gum and it sticks like crazy lol
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Anyone have any food success over the holiday?
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Let's see, I was some what able to eat half a burger with the bun actually ON! I ate a hotdog with a toasted bun, seemed better toasted. Macaroni salad, not regular garder salad as I can't seem to chew the lettuce fully. Potato salad, coleslaw, so not too bad of a holiday weekend :) 
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From what I understand, normal lettuce is a problem for a lot of folks - me included.  I miss big old dinner salads!

I had some potato salad and (overcooked) ribs for the holiday.  First time for them both.
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Knocked down homemade 2 patty burger with ghost pepper cheese and some guac on the potato bun.  The trick for me is to make them really skinny patties and cook them in the cast iron.  Turned out amazing and no issues!
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I was able to eat a cheeseburger 2 weeks after extractions, without cutting it up into pieces. And today, I was able to eat pita chips with dip. These were completely off limits before due to lack of back teeth and the ones that were left were about to break off. I was sooooo happy to be able to eat them today (less than 3 weeks post op)
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Resurrecting an older thread here for some of the new folks thats may have missed it.  I know that early on, it feels like you're never going to get to enjoy food like you used to, but here's a few pages of examples that you'll get there!

Even before dentures, I had a real hard time with tougher cuts of meat like flank steaks.  We grilled up a batch of hatch-marinated meat for fajitas last night and they turned out amazing, despite have a little chew to them.  The other bonus?  All the fajita fixings that used to get stuck in my teeth were a heck of a lot easier to get out...once I yanked the dentures out :)