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.
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!You May Also Like: “The Dos and Don’ts of Living With Dentures“
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.You May Also Like: “Dental Implants vs. Dentures: What’s The Best Choice For You“
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.