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Eating With Dentures

If you’re getting dentures, it may be an exciting but also nervous time. You’ll have a new set of beautiful teeth, newfound confidence, and a big reason to smile. They will take some getting used to. You know they'll look good, but you may be wondering...Can you eat with dentures? What can you eat with dentures? We have answers to those questions and more.

What are dentures, and why are they worn?

According to the American College of Prosthodontists, 36 million Americans are missing all of their teeth. Dentures are removable appliances that replace your natural teeth. They are designed and custom fit. You can get dentures if you're missing all or some of your teeth. A dentist or a denturist makes dentures.

What Makes Eating With Dentures Difficult?

For the new denture wearer, eating can be a challenge. While your mouth and tongue may be used to your new appliance, you will need to change how you eat food. It just takes some adjusting, but you can do it!

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.

Take Care of Your Dentures

Clean your dentures by removing them every day and brushing them with a non-abrasive toothpaste and a soft-bristled toothbrush. This will prevent staining and remove any food particles. Brush your gums, remaining teeth, and your tongue at the same time. To keep your dentures clean and from drying out, soak them overnight in a denture cleaning solution.

If you’re missing all or some of your teeth, getting dentures is a wonderful thing. With them, you can feel confident again and eat the foods you love. Just remember to take it slow, eat soft foods at first, and chew on both sides simultaneously. Take care of your new smile so you can keep on smiling!

This article is intended to promote understanding of and knowledge about general oral health topics. It is not intended to be a substitute for professional advice, diagnosis or treatment. Always seek the advice of your dentist or other qualified healthcare provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition or treatment.

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