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Eating With Your New Dentures

Eating With Your New Dentures

Let’s face it, eating with your new dentures can be a challenge, and for most people experiencing a sore spot is inevitable when getting used to new dentures. We’re here to give you an idea of what to expect as well as some tips and tricks on how to adjust to eating with your new dentures.

Some of the first sensations that you may notice is a feeling of fullness in your mouth and an increase in saliva; this is normal to experience and should subside within a few weeks.

Soft Diet

Start by eating softer foods such as yogurt, pureed soups, mashed potatoes, scrambled eggs and cooked cereals. These foods will provide you with nutrients while putting minimal stress on your gums and jaw.  Eating firm or crunchy foods will put undue pressure on your gums and may increase your risk of irritating your gums.

Temperature

The temperature of food is especially important for those of you getting used to your very first denture. Dentures cover your gums and therefore insulate your gums from heat; always test the temperature of hot food on your lips before taking a bite.  Another thing to consider is to avoid spicy foods, if you have a sore spot on your gums spicy food will cause stinging or burning.

When you feel ready to move on to solid foods do so with these steps in mind:

  • Cut your food into small pieces, this will ensure each bite is manageable to chew.
  • Disperse food on both sides of your mouth, this will help to keep your dentures as stable as possible while chewing.
  • Chew slowly straight up and down and don’t swallow large pieces of food.
  • Avoid tough meats, chewing tough meats will put excess pressure on your gums.
  • Avoid sticky foods as it can dislodge your dentures easily.

Even once you feel completely comfortable with your new dentures there will still be certain foods that are difficult to eat. Take care when eating food such as:

  • Nuts
  • Sticky candy
  • Crusty bread
  • Raw vegetables
  • Lettuce
  • Popcorn
  • Crunchy fruits
  • Corn on the cob
  • Tough meats
  • Gum

Be kind with yourself when going through this process and remember that some soreness of your gums and jaw is to be expected.  A healthy diet is important for your overall health so if you continue to have problems eating with your new dentures consult a professional denture clinic.

Common Denture Problems

Common Denture Problems

When losing your teeth there are a few options, and conventional dentures are usually one of the predominant choices people end up choosing. Although conventional dentures are what many people default to, it is considered a last resort in comparison to other treatment options. The most ideal treatment option is usually implant-retained dentures as it can mimic natural teeth as well as preserve bone. When considering dentures, you will usually hear about the benefits, we are here to inform you of the disadvantages of conventional dentures. Here are some common issues with conventional dentures if you are considering getting dentures.

  • They don’t feel or function like natural teeth
  • Looseness – There is no mechanical retention
  • Feels bulky
  • Taste is reduced
  • The bone where the teeth were are highly prone to shrinking and resorbing
  • Harder to chew tough foods

Other options that minimize the common denture problems include equilibrated dentures, suction dentures, and dentures that are retained by implants. Implants create mechanical retention of the dentures so they can clip in place or be screwed retained. When considering dentures its good to understand all the different treatment options, there is more than just a conventional denture.

When considering a new set of dentures, here at Woodside Denture Centre we can provide you with the right treatment plan that suits your individual needs.

Call us today at 403 948 0954 or visit us in our Airdrie denture clinic for a free consultation.

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