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Four Tips for Learning to Eat with Dentures


Posted on 10/30/2016 by Dr. Michael Drone
A set of complete dentures.
Adjusting to life with dentures will require taking some time to learn how to speak and chew with this foreign object in your mouth, and for many people, eating becomes the greatest challenge.

While you'll likely get used to it within a couple of weeks, there are a few tips that you can try that will help you to learn how to eat with dentures faster.

Be Patient
In the early stages of learning to eat with dentures, patience is essential. It will feel different than eating with your natural teeth, so try to stick to cut up pieces and soft foods. Chew slowly, and try using both sides of your mouth to chew.

Learn How to Bite Properly

When you have dentures, you should avoid biting down on food with the front of your mouth. While they should be strong enough to handle the biting force, your dentures could become unstable, causing your gums to become tender if they move around. Use your canines if you need to bite into something.

Gradually Introduce Harder Foods
Once you become more comfortable with eating, try adding some of your normal foods back into your diet. However, you may want to avoid foods that are especially sticky or hard, and tiny items like seeds and nuts might also be something you pass on. These food items can slip underneath your dentures and cause irritation to your gums.

Build Up Your Confidence at Home
Before you go out and try to eat in public with your dentures, you'll want to practice at home. Trying different foods and experiencing how your mouth will react to eating them in the comfort of your own home can save you from a potentially embarrassing situation while you are out. Once you get the hang of it, you'll be ready to eat whatever you want, wherever you want.

Please contact us if you have any questions about your dentures.
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