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5 Must-Know Tips for Eating with Dentures

August 26, 2021

Filed under: Uncategorized — drrusso @ 11:37 am
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Tooth loss is something more than 170 million Americans struggle with. So, if you’re missing multiple teeth or an entire arch, you’re certainly not alone. Thankfully, dentures today are more lifelike than ever before! With that being said, many patients do experience a bit of a learning curve when it comes to using their new and improved smile to eat. Keep reading to learn a few must-know tips for eating with dentures.

Tip #1: Start with Soft Foods

If gaps in your smile have prevented you from enjoying some of your favorite foods, you may be tempted to indulge as soon as you get your dentures. However, it’s best to stick to soft foods at the beginning, like applesauce, yogurt, and oatmeal. These items don’t require extensive chewing, allowing you to slowly master maneuvering your dentures.

Tip #2: Avoid Spicy Ingredients

At the beginning, your gums will likely be sensitive and feel sore. After all, the soft tissue in your mouth isn’t used to your restoration! The good news is that your gums will adjust over time. Until then, avoid spicy ingredients, like hot sauce and red pepper flakes, that can exacerbate the irritation.

Tip #3: Check the Temperature

Both partial and full dentures have a gum-colored base and realistic prosthetic teeth. While this ensures your restoration will look as lifelike as possible, it may make it more difficult to truly assess how hot your food is. To avoid accidentally burning your tongue, test hot foods against your lips beforehand.

Tip #4: Chew on Both Sides of Your Mouth

Like most people, you may chew on one side of your mouth more than the other. However, chewing solely on one side won’t distribute the pressure evenly, potentially knocking your dentures out of place. So, do your best to be mindful as you eat and chew on both sides.

Tip #5: Be Patient

Adjusting to your dentures takes time, so be patient with yourself. Make sure to take it slow by starting with soft foods and practicing often. In no time at all, you’ll be proficient at chewing with your new and improved smile!

About the Author

Dr. John Russo is an Orlando native who has been recognized as an Orlando Top Dentist for 10+ years in a row! He graduated with honors from the University of Florida with his Doctor of Dental Medicine and has spent the last two decades providing nearby patients with the top-notch dental care they deserve. Outside the office, he prioritizes continuing education with notable associations, like the American Dental Association and the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry. If you’d like to learn more about eating with dentures or want to schedule an appointment, don’t hesitate to visit his website or give him a call at 407-843-2112.

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