Wearing dentures for the first time requires some adjustments to your overall lifestyle. During the first few months of wear, you need to accommodate yourself until you are comfortable wearing them. Depending on how your dentures are constructed, your speech, pronunciation, reading, food biting, chewing everything will be affected for the first few weeks of the wear. Adjusting with dentures may take some time until your facial muscles adapt to them. Along with it, you will also be required to learn how to chew with dentures.
Till the time your dentures are settled in properly, you must start with soft food that is easy to eat and feels comfortable.
Tips for Eating With New Dentures
- Start with a liquid diet. You can also try soft foods like cooked cereals, pudding, boiled eggs, etc.
- With hot liquids, you need to be a bit careful because initially, you won’t be able to identify the temperature properly owing to the insulating quality of your denture.
- Holding liquids in your mouth for long is also not recommended. It can loosen bottom dentures.
- With dentures, food tastes differently. Over a period of time, your sense of taste should improve.
- Start with a soft diet once you are ready to move on to solid foods. Chew your food into small bites.
- Start by distributing food evenly on both sides of the mouth while chewing. This will help keep your dentures stable while eating.
- Chew slowly and properly throughout before swallowing.
- While eating fruits and vegetables, chop them into pieces first. This makes it easy to chew them.
- Whole grain bread and cereals should be taken with liquid to make them easy to swallow and chew.
- Avoid tough red meat. Instead, choose slow-cooked meats like poultry, fish and eggs.
Once you are fully adjusted to eating with dentures, you will be able to eat almost anything. However, there are some food types that will always create problem while eating, like hard or sticky food type.
Eating a healthy diet requires the ability to chew food. This becomes a bit problematic if you are just provided with new dentures. All you need to do is follow the right eating habits and have the patience to get used to eating with dentures. For better insight, you can get in touch with our dentists who will help you understand how to handle dentures properly.