Getting dentures can be a major adjustment, no matter who you are. But you got them to make your life easier – so why does it seem like they only make things more difficult? Take heart! While wearing dentures does take some adjustment, once you get used to them they really can get you back to a place where you’re enjoying all of the same things you used to.
Sharing great meals and equally great conversation are two of the primary things that one would hope their dentures could bring back to their life. Unfortunately, both activities can be a bit difficult with dentures at first. Follow these helpful tips to make your period of adjustment shorter and easier.
The First Few Days
As a denture dentist dedicated to providing high quality affordable dentures, even our patients discover that eating feels a bit odd at first. The first and most important step in getting used to your dentures and making the most of them is to simply accept the fact that chewing is going to be a bit different. Fortunately, once you get the hang of it – it will simply become second nature. Don’t forget: it takes patience.
Choose Soft Foods (At First)
In the beginning, it’s best to choose foods that are softer and easier to chew and swallow. But that doesn’t mean you have to east mashed potatoes for weeks on end. Things like fish, eggs, cooked veggies, oatmeal, yogurt, and ice-cream are all delicious and easy to chew.
Take Smaller Bites
In addition to eating softer foods, also try to make sure that you’re eating by taking smaller bites. This will help you avoid biting too hard with your front teeth, while also helping you fine-tune the new movements you’ll be making to chew different foods.
Avoid Chewy Foods
Chewy foods should really stay off your menu for the time being until you’ve really gotten a handle on how your new teeth function. No need to take unnecessary risks or to get frustrated this early on by choosing foods that are difficult for even your natural teeth to handle
After a Few Weeks (or a Few Months): Branch Out
Contrary to what many believe, dentures don’t mean that you always have to eat soft foods. After a few weeks (or months), you will find that it feels much more natural to chew with your dentures. Once you feel like you’ve got the knack for it, try to start introducing more difficult foods, like tougher meats (steak and chicken), firm veggies, and different kinds of fruits that might have taken a bit more work when you first got your dentures (apples, pears, etc).
Once you start introducing these foods, also introducing an ADA recommended denture adhesive can give your dentures the extra hold needed to really give you the confidence you need. But in the beginning, try not to rely on adhesives too much – because you should really be learning how to chew with your dentures without leaning on an adhesive too much at first.
Have questions about your new dentures? Or maybe you’re looking for a great denture dentist in the Downey, CA area? We’re here to help!