If you are about to receive dentures in Clinton Township or if you are a new denture wearer, then you may be wondering—how in the world am I supposed to eat with these things in my mouth?! Don’t worry, you will get used to your new dentures and before you know it, eating will be a pleasure. Fortunately, there are some steps you can take to make eating with dentures easier. Read on to find out what you can do.
Patience is a Virtue
Your dentures are intended to replace natural teeth, but they will never feel quite the same. Eventually, your tongue, gums and other soft tissue in your mouth will get used to the new dental appliance. However, you will probably need to change how you handle food.
Take Baby Steps
When you are first adjusting to your new dentures, you’ll likely be better off eating a diet of soft foods. Soups, yogurt, soft vegetables, and applesauce will be easy to eat. Then, gradually add other foods you enjoy. Be sure to cut everything into small bite-size pieces and use both sides of your mouth simultaneously to chew.
In addition, avoid biting toward the front of your dentures. Doing so can cause dentures to shift, which may lead to sore gums. Instead, use your canine or eyeteeth to bite.
Accept New Sensitivities
A large part of getting used to dentures depends on the natural characteristics of the food you’re eating. In particular, your mouth may become noticeably less sensitive to hard food. This can put your dentures at risk for breakage so be careful with hard foods such as apples, raw carrots and nuts.
Also, you may need to season your food more heavily and be particularly careful when enjoying hot foods or beverages, because dentures can somewhat interfere with your ability to sense temperature.
Hang In There!
Eventually, eating with dentures will become second nature to you and you’ll be able to enjoy your normal diet. Of course, you’ll always need to be careful with foods that have the potential to damage your dentures or hurt your mouth. In fact, many denture wearers simply cut out nuts and seeds, because these can easily slip under dentures and irritate gums.
Dentures and Mouth Care
To care for your dentures, remove them every night for brushing. Use a brush with soft bristles and a mild toothpaste or special denture cleaner. Be sure to also brush any remaining teeth, your gums and tongue and the rest of your mouth.
Never wear dentures over night. Instead, allow them to soak in water or a denture cleaning solution.
It won’t be long before your dentures in Clinton Township allow you to eat naturally and comfortably. Of course, if you need help don’t hesitate to schedule an appointment with your dentist.
Meet the Doctor
Dr. Mindy Salzberg-Siegel is a family and cosmetic dentist. She has been creating beautiful smiles with dentures in Clinton Township for many years and she can do the same for you! Contact the office today.