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
For 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.