How to Get Used to Eating With Dentures
Here are some steps to help make eating with dentures feel totally normal.
1. Take it Slow
Start with soft foods and cut them into small pieces before eating them. Another idea is to cut food into thin strips. It’s important to use both sides of your mouth when you chew and chew more slowly.
2. Bite With Care
If you need to bite down on food (like an apple), use your canines (your “eye teeth”) instead of your front teeth. Biting down with your front teeth will cause your dentures to move around. This will make your gums sore.
3. Keep Practicing
It may take a few days or weeks to get comfortable eating with dentures, but you will get there. As progress is made, you may begin to eat firmer foods. The American Dental Association encourages you to continue to chew on both sides of your mouth simultaneously. It’s still a good idea not to eat hot foods or meals that contain shells or sharp bones during this adjustment period. Also, at this time, avoid chewing gum.
4. Avoid Sticky Foods
Before you know it, eating with dentures will be second nature, and you’ll be able to enjoy the foods you love. There are a few things you should avoid. Hard or sticky foods can damage your dentures. You may also want to stay away from nuts or seeds as they can get under your dentures and irritate your mouth.