Dentures can restore your smile but one of the greatest benefits of dentures is rediscovering the joy of food! Eating steak, crunchy snacks and hard foods is challenging with missing teeth. Dentures allow you to enjoy those delicious foods, worry-free. However, new dentures may feel awkward for a few weeks until you become accustomed to them. They may also feel loose while the muscles of your cheek and tongue learn to keep them in place. Over a few days or weeks, you will feel more comfortable eating with dentures. At Smile Denture and Implant Clinic in Ottawa, we share some of the best tips to make your eating experience enjoyable from the very start.
Eating with Your New Dentures
When you first start wearing your new, quality dentures from our denture clinic, chewing will feel different. Also, you may fear that your denture will slip when you are eating. Start by eating soft foods cut in small pieces. Chew slowly using both sides of the mouth at the same time to prevent them from tipping. You can indulge in soft foods like mashed potatoes, puddings, and ice cream that are gentle on your gums.
Moreover, your taste and sensitivities may be different from your natural teeth. Some food may not taste the same and your mouth may be less sensitive to hard foods or heat. As a result, it may be necessary to take special care when eating hot and cold food.
Use your dentures to bite with the back of your teeth. Biting with front teeth can cause your gumline to become sore and painful. This is because when there is too much biting pressure at the front of the denture, it may cause it to become unstable. Ideally you want to chew on the both sides of your mouth to even out the pressure on dentures.
Introduce Firm Foods
When you feel ready, introduce firmer foods to your diet, while avoiding sticky gum, too hot foods or meals that contain shells or sharp bones. If you are a gum lover, try Freedent, a non-stick chewing gum option.
Remember to also keep your dentures clean. Remove them everyday and brush them with a soft-bristled toothbrush. Also remember to brush your gums gently to stimulate blood flow and any natural teeth you may have. Lastly, soak them overnight in a denture solution so they stay clean and last longer. Some patients use Poligrip as an adhesive to aid with eating when dentures are loose. At Smile we do not believe that Poligrip is not needed as our dentures are perfectly fitted to allow for maximum bite functionality and suction.
Lastly, it is not unusual to experience minor irritation or soreness with your new dentures. Rinsing your mouth with warm salt water might help. You may also find that saliva flow temporarily increases as well. As your mouth becomes accustomed to the dentures, these problems should diminish. One or more follow-up appointments with the denturist are generally needed after a denture is inserted. If any problem persists, particularly irritation or soreness within 24 – 48 hours, be sure to consult our denturist.