When you got dentures, you figured it would help you be able to eat and enjoy your food the same way you used to, before you lost your teeth. But instead, maybe you’ve found that you have to learn to eat differently, all over again.
With some practice and over time, wearing dentures can help you regain the pleasure of a well-prepared meal. Here are some tips to help you out:
- Start Slowly. If you went out for steak the first night you got your dentures, you were probably disappointed! Start off with a diet of softer, warm food. Your gums are adjusting to the new prosthetic. Anything too tough, too hot, or even too spicy can irritate them. Practice chewing with your jaw as you break down the soft food. This will help your muscles get used to their new motion that keep the denture in place and working properly.
- Use Both Sides of your Mouth. When you do work up to more regular foods, cut meats into small, bite sized pieces and chew them on both sides at the same time. This will help keep your denture seated and balanced. Don’t use your front teeth to bite into harder items, as it will unseat the prosthetic.
- Adhesive is Your Friend. It may take some trial and error, but find an adhesive that works well for you as you’re adjusting to your new denture. It should keep your prosthesis in place and help keep food from getting underneath.
If you’re still struggling with your denture after a week or two, contact your Georgia Denture and Implant Specialists in Woodstock or Atlanta. We’ll help you get a better fit and a confident smile!