Eating is necessary for survival, not to mention that eating delicious foods is also very enjoyable. One of the things that denture wearers look forward to the most is being able to enjoy foods that they have been unable to eat. Steak, corn, gooey desserts – these are all able to be thoroughly enjoyed with dentures! However, new denture wearers can find these foods difficult to eat at first.
Adjusting to eating with dentures takes time. Your mouth must adjust to having dentures first of all, and biting and chewing will feel different than before. It will take practice and a little time, but you should be able to start enjoying almost any type of food that you like once you have adjusted to your new dentures.
Tips for eating with new dentures:
- Start with a diet of very soft foods (e.g. broth, apple sauce, scrambled eggs) as you allow your mouth to become familiar with your new dentures.
- Avoid hot beverages and foods until your mouth is accustomed to gauging temperatures. Dentures have an insulating quality that often makes the mouth unable to correctly judge temperatures.
- Do not hold liquids in your mouth for long as this can loosen bottom dentures.
- When you are comfortable and able to eat solid foods, start small – small bites and small portions.
- Chew your foods well before you swallow.
- Replace tough meats with fish, poultry, or slow-cooked meats that are easier to chew.
- Use a denture adhesive when you plan on eating foods that require more biting force to help your dentures feel more secure.
Once you receive and begin wearing your new dentures, some adjustment will be necessary. Soreness in the mouth is not uncommon simply due to the fact that you have paced a foreign object inside your mouth. But over time, you will adjust to your new dentures and will be enjoying your favorite foods.
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