There are many foods that people with dentures think they’re never going to be able to eat again. Top among these is steak. But there’s no reason to despair — you can eat steak with dentures, if you treat the steak and your dentures right. Here’s a guide to enjoying steak with dentures.
Getting Steak Tender
One of the problems with eating steak is that it can be made so that it’s very tough to chew. But it doesn’t have to be. Here’s how you can get steak that’s tender and delicious.
Pick the right cut: Some cuts of steak are more tender than others. The most tender cuts come from the tenderloin (big surprise), but top blade steaks can also be very tender.
Don’t overcook: Overcooking steak can make it very tough. Medium rare or medium steaks will be more tender than those that are well done.
Cut it right: Steak is hard to chew because of the long muscle fibers in the meat. When you cut steak, cut it across the muscle fibers so that you’ve already started the chewing process.
Marinate: Marinades not only add flavor to your steak, but they can help make it more tender. Because marinades often include acid (vinegar, citrus juices, even tomatoes), these start to break down the muscle fibers. It’s like digesting your steak before you eat it.
Beat it up: We’re not talking about channeling Rocky Balboa here, but pounding your steak can really help tenderize it. Similar to marinating, pounding a steak breaks down muscle proteins before you eat it. The action of pounding a steak is actually similar to chewing, but you’re not doing it at the table with everyone watching you.
All of these are things you can do at home. If you’re going to be eating out, maybe don’t order steak the first time you visit a restaurant, but ask to try a bite of someone else’s. That way, you know how tough it’s going to be before you get a whole plate.
The other side of the problem is your dentures. If you want to have dentures that are ready to chew steak, you have a few things to overcome.
Effective teeth: Not all denture teeth are up to the task of chewing steak. You wouldn’t try cutting steak with a plastic knife–why would you try chewing it with plastic teeth? Ceramic denture teeth are harder and sharper than plastic denture teeth, making it easier to chew steak and all foods.
Secure dentures: Chewing steak requires a lot of force, and it’s hard to get that much force when your dentures are slipping and sliding in the mouth. Properly fitting dentures make a big difference, but the best way to get the most force is with implant-supported dentures.
Good bite: Implant dentures allow you to muster more force, but if you want to optimize that force, you need dentures that are fitted to your bite, like the Denture Fountain of Youth®, which uses neuromuscular dentistry principles to ensure a healthy, effective bite with your dentures.
If you are looking for steak-ready dentures, please contact a local Denture Fountain of Youth® dentist today.