You just got NEW dentures and you have all sorts of questions. For one, can you drink hot coffee or have a frozen milkshake? Do I clean with hot water or cold? Can I eat my favorite winter soup or have an ice cream with my kids? These are all good questions, and Woodside Denture Centre is here to answer them for you.

It’s important to note that everyone’s experience with dentures can vary. Some individuals may adapt more quickly to different temperatures, while others may need more time. Remember that your experience is your own and your adjustments may take longer or shorter. This is all normal and ok! Just ease into your new Dentures and use this as a guide as you learn to eat and drink and care for your new smile.

Caring For Dentures

When caring for new dentures, it’s generally recommended to use warm to lukewarm for cleaning and soaking, rather than hot or boiling water. Extreme temperatures, especially hot water, can have adverse effects on denture materials and fit. Here’s why:

  1. Material Integrity: Dentures are typically made from acrylic, and exposure to high temperatures, especially boiling water, can potentially warp or damage the material. This can lead to changes in the fit and function of the dentures.
  2. Denture Shape and Fit: Boiling hot water may cause the dentures to lose their shape; this could result in an improper fit, and discomfort.

For daily cleaning and soaking of dentures:

  • Use warm or lukewarm to clean your dentures.
  • Avoid using hot water for soaking dentures overnight or for extended periods.

Eating with Dentures

When you have new dentures, it’s often recommended to start with soft and warm foods as you adjust to wearing them. As you become more accustomed to your dentures and your oral tissues adapt, you can gradually reintroduce a variety of foods, including hot and cold items. Here are some considerations:

  1. Temperature Sensitivity: In the initial period of wearing new dentures, your gums and oral tissues may be more sensitive. Extreme temperatures, whether hot or cold, can be uncomfortable. Starting with foods at a moderate temperature helps your oral tissues acclimate.
  2. Soft Foods Initially: Initially, focus on softer foods that are easier to chew and won’t exert excessive pressure on your new dentures. Foods like mashed potatoes, yogurt, soups, and scrambled eggs are good options.
  3. Avoid Extremely Hot or Cold Foods: While it’s generally acceptable to consume a variety of temperatures, it’s advisable to avoid extremely hot or cold foods to prevent any discomfort.
  4. Cut Foods into Smaller Pieces: To make chewing more manageable, consider cutting your food into smaller, bite-sized pieces. This can help you adapt to the dentures and improve your confidence in eating.
  5. Gradual Transition: As you become more accustomed to your dentures, you can slowly reintroduce a wider range of foods. Just be mindful of your comfort and make adjustments based on your individual experience.
  6. Stay Hydrated: It’s important to stay hydrated, especially if you’re adjusting to new dentures. Drinking cool or lukewarm beverages can help maintain your overall oral comfort.

Drinking with Dentures

When you have new dentures, it’s generally advisable to avoid extremely hot or extremely cold drinks, especially in the initial period of adjustment. Here are some considerations:

1. Hot Drinks:

  • Caution: Extremely hot drinks can potentially cause discomfort, especially if your dentures are still new, and your oral tissues are adjusting.
  • Gradual Introduction: Start with lukewarm or cool beverages before attempting hot drinks. As you become more accustomed to your dentures, you can gradually introduce warmer temperatures.

2. Cold Drinks:

  • Sensitivity: Cold drinks can sometimes cause sensitivity, particularly if your oral tissues are still adapting to the dentures.
  • Gradual Introduction: Begin with drinks at a moderate temperature and then gradually introduce colder beverages.

3. General Tips:

  • Temperature Moderation: Aim for beverages that are neither too hot nor too cold to prevent discomfort or potential damage to the denture material.
  • Small Sips: Take small sips initially to gauge your comfort level and ensure that your dentures remain in place.

It’s important to follow your dental professional’s specific care instructions for your dentures. They may recommend specific cleaning solutions or techniques based on the type of dentures you have and any individual considerations.

Always follow any specific dietary recommendations or restrictions provided by your dental professional. They can offer personalized advice based on your unique situation and ensure that you have the best experience with your new dentures. If you experience persistent discomfort or challenges with eating, consult with your Denturist for further assistance.

If you have any concerns about the care of your dentures or encounter issues, do not hesitate to reach out to the team at Woodside Denture Centre who can provide guidance tailored to your specific situation and ensure that your dentures remain in good condition for optimal comfort and function.