It is normal for it to take some time for eating with your new dentures to feel comfortable. The process of chewing and swallowing will look different than you are accustomed to, and there will be a learning curve.
To make this easier, we are sharing with you our 5 helpful tips to make eating with dentures an easier transition.
When first eating with your new dentures, it is smart to take it slow. You might have to forego the usual steak or chicken wings. Start with soft foods that are easy to chew and don’t require a lot of coordination or bite strength. This could be anything from smoothies, mashed potatoes, yogurt, and scrambled eggs, to applesauce, soup, noodles, and pudding. This won’t take long, once you get the hang of it, you can start adding in more foods with variety. When you feel you are ready to introduce more foods, cut them up into small bites to allow for easier chewing.
2.Avoid Hot Foods
Before biting into your big plate of lasagna hot out of the oven, make it a point to check the temperature. Dentures can make it a little difficult to judge the temperature of food. An easy tip would be to check the temperature of your food with your tongue or lips before putting a serving
in your mouth.
This might take some practice, but chewing on both sides of your mouth will help keep your dentures balanced. This allows for even pressure on both sides of your mouth and can result in a more stable eating experience.
4.Avoid Hard Candy & Chewing Gum
Avoid any kind of snack or candy that is hard or sticky. This can add to the stress of learning to chew with a new set of dentures. Items such as Dots, Laffy Taffy, Tootsie Rolls, Chewing Gum, Toffee, Mints, licorice, Jolly Ranchers, etc., can wreak havoc on your teeth, and It is common for dentures to become dislodged if candy gets stuck.
Don’t be hard on yourself if you are having some difficulty learning to live with dentures. Once you get the hang of it and become more comfortable chewing, you can expand your variety of foods. If you need help or have questions- reach out to your dentist or dental specialist for help. There you will have a team of professionals at your fingertips who are willing and eager to help you in support of your new dentures.
Visit Us at Mark’s Dentures for All Your Denture Needs
Eating with your new dentures can be overwhelming at times. Here at Mark’s Dentures, we want to help. We hope you enjoyed our tips to make this process easier for you. We pride ourselves in being a one-stop shop for all your denture needs.
We are located in Holladay, Utah, and serve the greater Salt Lake County as far north as Evanston and Rock Springs, Wyoming! Call us at (801)-277-8222 for a free consultation. Contact us today!