Helpful Eating Tips For New Dentures Patients

Learn How To Eat Comfortably With Your New Dentures

Learning to live with a new set of dentures can be a little tricky at first. Normally simple tasks like eating or talking can take some getting used to, but don’t worry! Dr. Acosta of Acosta Dental Arts, PA has some useful tips and tricks to help you get the hang of eating comfortably with your new dentures.

eating tips for new dentures

Start Slow

When you first get a set of dentures, it will take some time to adjust to your life with them. During these first few weeks, you’ll most likely experience some awkwardness during meals. Foods may taste a little different and it will be tough to properly chew or swallow at first. But a great way to help avoid any unpleasant mishaps and to ensure you get proper nutrients is to try starting with a liquid diet. This can include soft foods and purees, such as pudding, applesauce, soup broth, soft noodles, and similar foods. If you are unsure of what foods may be suitable, talk to your dentist.

Also, try to avoid hot liquids and food at first. Dentures have an insulating quality, so it can be tough to gauge the temperature of what you’re eating or drinking. Letting your food and drink cool down significantly before trying to consume them can help you avoid burning your mouth!

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Ease Your Way Into It

Once you feel like you’re ready to take on more solid foods, don’t just dive right into it. Instead, start gradually eating soft foods, like mashed potatoes or cooked veggies. The best way to comfortably get used to chewing with your new dentures is to cut your food into small pieces before eating it. Bite-sized chunks are easier to break down and won’t be as troublesome as large pieces. You should try to evenly distribute your food on either side of your mouth while chewing; this can help your dentures maintain stability while you eat. Additionally, as with all foods, you should be sure to thoroughly chew your food before swallow to reduce your risk of choking.

During your first few months of adjusting to your new dentures, you may consider avoiding tough red meats with softer substitutes, like fish, legumes, poultry, or eggs. Slow-cooked and stewed meats are also a great alternative to rougher foods such as steak. If you must eat a tough food like steak or corn on the cob, a denture adhesive may help keep your dentures from moving out of place, but it is recommended that you try to avoid these foods whenever possible. If you are unsure of a quality denture adhesive, talk to your dentist – they should be able to offer a recommendation.

Dr. Acosta also advises against holding liquids in your mouth for an extended period of time, as it can cause your dentures to loosen in your mouth. However, liquids can be very helpful when eating foods such as whole grain bread or cereals, as they can help soften your food and make chewing and swallow a little bit easier.

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Getting Used To Your New Dentures

As with any new change to your life, an adjustment period is inevitable. During this period, you are probably going to experience a little soreness and discomfort in your mouth while your jaw gets accustomed to your new teeth. Don’t worry, though – this is only temporary. You can also expect your saliva production to increase, but this will subside also. If you experience any prolonged discomfort or salivation, talk to your dentist.

Over time, you will become fully adjusted to your dentures and you will find that you hardly even notice them. At this point, you can probably indulge in eating most foods, though you should always be wary of foods and drinks that may be difficult to consume. For example, sticky foods like peanut butter or chewing gum might be harder to comfortably eat. You should also be cautious with fresh fruits, hard bread and meats, sticky candy, and fruits or berries with seeds.

Love Your New Smile

Dr. Adrian Acosta of Acosta Dental Arts, PA is dedicated to providing clients with an award-winning smile. Whether it’s dentures or another form of restorative dentistry, don’t hesitate to contact our North Palm Beach office to schedule an appointment with our highly knowledgeable team.

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3 Responses to Helpful Eating Tips For New Dentures Patients

  1. emily bennette November 18, 2016 at 5:25 pm #

    This is some really interesting information about denture care. I like that you pointed ou that you should be thinking about easing your way into dentures. After all, you want to make sure that your dentures are easy to wear. Easing into them would really good way to get used to them.

  2. Olivia Nelson November 28, 2016 at 10:25 pm #

    I agree that when you get dentures you need to ease into eating. This would probably be best if you start eating soft foods until you are used to your dentures. I would also imagine that this would be helpful because it would mean that your dentures can set properly.

  3. Jenna Hunter March 14, 2017 at 2:45 pm #

    My mother, who has been smoking and chewing tobacco for about 15 years, needs to get dentures since all of her teeth are gone. It was beneficial to know that the best way to comfortably get used to chewing with your new dentures is to cut your food into small pieces before eating it. I would imagine this tip would be useful for my mother to know to be able to adjust to dentures!

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