For many, the biggest adjustment after getting new dentures is what to eat and how to eat. Getting used to eating with dentures takes some practice, but with time, you will be able to return to eating the foods you love and are used to eating. Dentures are made with a mold to fit your mouth, but they might feel uncomfortable and awkward at first for the first several weeks as you are adjusting.
In addition to your mouth and tongue getting used to the dentures, you also must change the way you eat your food. This includes what you eat and how you handle your food.
New dentures can cause an increase in saliva production in your mouth, causing your dentures to have more slip than they would once your mouth gets used to them. Additionally, you might develop a couple of sore spots in your mouth during this time.
The good news is that you can do certain things in order to minimize these effects.
Here are tips for eating with new dentures:
When you first get dentures, your mouth and gums may be sore from the dental work done to remove any of your natural teeth.
- You should stick with soft foods right after your procedure, like apple sauce, oatmeal, soup pudding, etc. You should also watch out for foods containing very hot liquids, as you might need to get used to a new sensitivity level.
- You will notice that eating with dentures is very different from eating with regular teeth, so just take things slowly. Sticking with soft foods and cutting them into bite-sized pieces before putting them into your mouth will help you greatly.
- Be cautious and bite with care. Try and avoid biting down with your front teeth, as this can cause your dentures to become unstable and make your gum line sore as they move around. If you need to bite down, use your canine teeth or molars.
- Do not hold hot liquids in your mouth for long periods of time, as this can cause your bottom dentures to loosen.
- When you feel you are ready to move onto solid foods, you should start with a mechanical soft diet.
- Spread the food evenly in your mouth while you chew, this will help to stabilize the dentures while you are chewing.
- Eat bread and other cereals with liquids, as they have the tendency to stick to your teeth.
- You may want to avoid eating very hard or sticky foods, even with the use of denture adhesive.
Even after getting used to dentures, there are some foods you should avoid, such as crackers, chewing gum, corn on the cob, or popcorn.
Getting dentures does not mean you cannot enjoy the foods that you love. With time, practice, and patience, you can enjoy your favorite foods again by following the tips found in this article. If you or a loved one have any questions about denture implants, contact Accent Dental Service in Mississauga.