Perhaps the greatest challenge you will face with your new dentures is learning how to eat. New eating skills must be developed and will require a great deal of effort and patience on your part. It is important to realize that the responsibility of learning to eat with dentures is a difficult one, and it rests entirely on you.
The following guidelines have been designed to assist you in the development of new eating skills:
Tactile sense and taste: Dentures do not cover the taste buds, which are located on the back of the tongue. Therefore, taste should not be affected. Dentures don’t, however, conduct heat or cold well which may impact the way food tastes. Serving foods hot makes you more aware of the smell and may aid in taste. Using herbs or condiments to enhance flavour may help as well. Take care eating small poultry or fish so bones are not swallowed as you may not be able to feel them in your mouth.
Patience is important: Remember that eating with dentures is a skill you will need to learn. Allow yourself the time and patience it will take to develop these skills. You will need to chew more than with natural teeth. In fact, it is estimated that you will need to chew double the amount of time as with natural teeth.
By following these guidelines, we hope your eating experience with dentures will be a positive one. If you have any problems, questions or concerns, give us a call. We are here to keep you smiling! As we say in German, Guten Appetite!!!!