How to Eat With Dentures

Learning how to eat with dentures can be a frustrating process — after all, it’s probably been several decades since you learned to eat the first time! Use our tips to learn how to best manage eating with dentures.

Flavors May Seem Muted

If food tastes less flavorful than it used to, know that that’s both normal and thankfully temporary.  Your mouth is getting used to your new dentures, and the sensory signals from that experience can overpower flavor signals.  The flavors are still there — your brain is just too busy to enjoy them.  As you and your mouth get used to your dentures, your favorite flavors will return.

Be Careful with Hot Foods

soft food for dentures glendale azFor some of the same reasons, your mouth may not be able to recognize exactly how hot foods are, which leaves your mouth susceptible to burns.  Be careful with the temperature of your food — don’t heat it to high, or make sure you wait ample time before sampling to let it cool down.

Start Soft and Small

You’re learning to chew again, so you’ll want to stick with softer foods at first, with those foods cut into smaller pieces.  Eggs, chopped meat, yogurt, puddings, steamed vegetables, and other softer, less chewy foods are good to start with.  As you get used to your dentures and gain more confidence, you can move onto more variety.

Chew on Both Sides of Your Mouth

Make sure you’re chewing your food half on the left side and half on the right side in order to put equal pressure on both sides of your dentures.  This will ensure even adhesion and a more natural chewing experience.

Dental Care at Any Age at Reel Dental

Our dental care team has been serving patients in Glendale for more than 25 years.  We pride ourselves on our family-focused atmosphere, and we’d love to have you join our family.  To schedule an appointment or for more information, visit us online or give us a call at 623-934-7606.
2017-08-24T16:35:14+00:00 August 24th, 2017|Cosmetic Dentistry, Dental Tips|