Tips for Eating with Dentures

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:

  • It is advisable to plan a soft diet after receiving new dentures until you feel comfortable to tackle firmer foods. Some recommended soft foods include well-cooked cereals, boiled eggs and very tender or ground meats. The use of a blender to puree and liquefy food may be an excellent aid in the preparation of food.
  • When eating with dentures, it is suggested to avoid food which needs incising. The front teeth are placed in the denture for aesthetics and should not be used for biting. Eating foods such as apples or corn on the cob will place abnormal stress on the underlying tissue and remaining bone. These biting forces may cause soreness and unnecessary damage to the supporting structures.
  • Tearing or biting food off with the front teeth tends to unseat dentures. Try cutting apples into pieces or removing corn from the cob with utensils and eat with the back teeth. With food that is extremely easy to bite, try applying pressure against the back of the front teeth while closing slowly. This is particularly helpful with sandwiches.
  • As an alternative to biting foods with your front teeth, shift the food to your premolar area near the corners of the mouth.
  • Divide food in the mouth so there is food on both sides. Chew in a straight, up-and-down motion. This prevents sliding and keeps your dentures from becoming dislodged.

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!!!!

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