3 Simple And Practical Tips For Eating With Dentures During Chinese New Year

Mmmmm CNY snacks and cookiesss!

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This Spotlight is sponsored by Polident.

With Chinese New Year just around the corner, we're excited for the ang pows, festivities, and all the CNY snacks and cookies, yasss

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From all the pineapple tarts and peanut cookies, to the kuih kapit and kuih bangkit, there's just so much to love during Chinese New Year, amiritee?!

However, for some of our older loved ones who wear dentures, they may find it a little difficult eating all these CNY delicacies. Some of them may be worried about food particles getting trapped in their gums, while others may be concerned about the hassle of cleaning their mouth afterwards.

Nevertheless, wearing dentures or retainers shouldn't be the reason why they can't enjoy Chinese New Year like everyone else!

Here are a few simple tips to help you make Chinese New Year more friendly for all our loved ones wearing dentures:

1. Have an option for softer food for older members of the family

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While we love our bak kwa and abalone during Chinese New Year reunion dinner, softer food that's easier to chew will be very much appreciated by elderly family members. Plus it helps their digestion too. If you're having a CNY dinner at home, make sure to prepare softer delicious options like steamed fish, noodles, and dumplings that everyone can enjoy! 

2. Prepare softer cookies and lighter snacks, or introduce your loved one to a quality denture adhesive so they continue to enjoy crunchy treats

Wearing dentures or retainers doesn't mean you can't eat your favourite CNY snacks and cookies. Make a special batch of soft cookies instead of hard snacks like peanut brittle that may dislodge dentures. Or, prepare some lighter snacks like crisps instead of tapioca chips for your loved ones. They'll absolutely love you for it!

Better yet, introduce your loved ones to Polident Denture Adhesive. It provides more bite force* so dentures-wearers can enjoy all the crunch without worry!

*provides 38% more bite force versus no adhesive after one hour.

3. Practise patience, teach younger ones to be compassionate, and surround your folks with love

Many dentures-wearers feel self-conscious about their situation, especially when it comes to eating, chewing, and speaking around others. The thought of the embarrassment may cause them to withdraw from family reunions. Don't let this be the case for your loved one.

Chinese New Year celebrations tend to be loud, festive, and fast-paced. If an elderly guest or family member seems apprehensive to join in, nervous to speak, or are difficult to understand, slow things down, be patient and encouraging. Be crystal clear that you love and accept them just the way they are.

All in all, you and your loved ones can enjoy Chinese New Year and eat to your heart's content even if you're wearing dentures or retainers

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This Chinese New Year, Polident wants to help you eat, speak, and smile more confidently with their range of dental appliances products for those with dentures or retainers.

Since dentures are ten times softer than natural teeth, it makes it harder to chew, which is why many people wearing dentures struggle to enjoy food like they used to. Some people are also worried about their dentures moving out of place, or even falling out during critical moments, like a family portrait! 

Thankfully, Polident Denture Adhesive provides 38% more bite force* and helps avoid food particles from getting trapped between dentures and gums, so you can enjoy all the snacks and treats you love this Chinese New Year.

*versus no adhesive after one hour.

Meanwhile, the adhesive also provides fit and comfort for up to 12 hours, so you will have the confidence to smile and enjoy the festive season to the fullest.

Besides that, dentures require special cleaning, which is why brushing dentures with regular toothpaste is not recommended as it causes scratches and damage, leading to bacteria and plaque build-up. Especially after all that Chinese New Year feasting, you'll want to make sure your dentures are clean and well maintained.

That's why Polident Denture Cleanser is specially formulated to clean dentures and help remove tough stains and plaque^, so you can always eat, speak, and smile with confidence. It also kills 99.9% of odour-causing bacteria*, thus preventing bacterial growth. The cleanser even kills harmful germs ten times more than regular toothpaste**, keeping dentures clean and fresh, while maintaining daily oral hygiene.

^ when used as directed.
* in laboratory tests.
** soaking only, in laboratory tests.

Polident Denture Cleanser is also suitable for retainers and nightguards***.

*** based on testing done on polymethyl, methacrylate, stainless steel, cobalt chrome alloys, and ethylene vinyl copolymer.

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Eat, speak, and smile with confidence this auspicious Chinese New Year. Head over to Shopee to buy Polident products today!

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