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Tips for Eating After Getting Dentures

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It can take some time to adjust when you first get dentures. One problem people often have is figuring out the best foods to eat and the best way to eat them, as eating can sometimes be painful, especially if you've just had teeth removed. People also find that if they don't chew the right way, their dentures can move around in their mouth, making eating more difficult and painful.

Start With Soft Foods or a Liquid Diet

Depending on how painful you find it to chew with your new dentures, you may want to start with a more liquid diet. Move on to soft foods as you can tolerate them. Consider things like scrambled eggs, yogurt, pudding, ground meat, fish or seafood without bones, muffins, bananas, blueberries, pasta, smoothies, and hot cereals.

Cut Foods Up Into Small Pieces

The less chewing you have to do, the less irritation you risk and the less likely your dentures will be to slip or move around. Cut anything that isn't a super soft food up into small pieces before attempting to chew it. This includes things like sandwiches as well as meats and vegetables.

Chew Carefully

If you chew with a lot of pressure using the front teeth of the dentures, they're more likely to pop out or become damaged. Instead, try to chew with the side of the mouth. Even better, try to chew using both sides equally. Chewing this way can take some practice and getting used to, but it will help make eating with dentures easier.

Be Careful With Hot Foods

Check the temperature of foods before you eat them, as the dentures may keep you from realizing just how hot your food is. Dentures aren't sensitive to temperatures like natural teeth are, so you could accidentally burn your mouth if you don't take extra care when eating hot foods or drinking hot beverages.

Drink While You Eat

Drinking while you eat will help keep foods from sticking to your teeth and make it easier to chew and swallow foods. Liquids help soften the food and make it easier to chew. Water is an excellent choice because it doesn't add calories or sugars to your diet and won't affect the flavor of the foods you eat.

Limit Problematic Foods

Some foods tend to be particularly problematic for people with dentures. These foods include whole, uncooked fruits and vegetables, sticky foods, foods with seeds, coconut, baguettes and other crusty breads, and tough red meats. Nuts and seeds sometimes managed to slip under the dentures and cause irritation.

Use Strong Denture Adhesives 

When you eat foods that aren't as easy to chew or require you to bite down a bit harder, use a strong denture adhesive to help keep your dentures in place. Adhesive is also helpful if you decide to eat something particularly sticky.

Limit Substances That Slow Saliva Production

You need plenty of saliva to help keep the dentures from irritating your mouth. Maintaining saliva production may mean cutting back on caffeine. Further, some experts recommend chewing sugarless gum to help increase saliva, and thus lubrication, in your mouth.

See a Specialist If Problems Persist

If you continue to have problems eating with your dentures even after you've had a while to get used to them and after your mouth has healed from any tooth extractions, see a specialist to see whether the dentures need adjusting. Poor fitting dentures can cause unnecessary discomfort.

If you need dentures or need help with adjustments to your current dentures, contact Dr. Gregory B. Halls Denture Center. We can help you with all of your denture needs.