It takes time to get used to eating with new dentures. The following tips can ease you into the process so you can transition into wearing dentures and eating the foods you love. The first rule of thumb, especially when eating, is to take it easy. While you may be excited by the prospect of eating foods you could not chew previously, you still need to use care as you adapt to your dentures.
Because soft foods do not require extra chewing, they should be eaten when you first get your dentures. Red meat, raw carrots, or crackers exert added stress on the gums, which can increase the risk of inflammation or irritation.
Begin with a mechanical soft food diet. Eat foods, such as cooked cereals, puddings, apple sauce, scrambled eggs, and mashed potatoes. These foods provide you with nutrition without placing pressure on the muscles in the jaws.
Because of the insulating effect of dentures, it sometimes is hard to tell when a food is extra hot. Therefore, you need to test cooked foods on your lips before placing them in your mouth.
If you hold a beverage in the mouth too long, it can loosen the bottom denture. Therefore, swallow your beverage as soon as you drink it to ensure this does not happen.
Any sores or irritations from your dentures will just become more pronounced if you eat foods with hot chilies or spices.
Once you are ready to eat solid foods, you need to cut the food in small pieces. Eat your meals sitting at a table, and give yourself plenty of time to eat. Don’t eat on the run, as doing so can lead to your dentures slipping.
When you have dentures, you can stabilize and keep them in place by chewing on both sides of the mouth and doing so slowly. Make sure you chew your food thoroughly so you don’t choke on it.
In some cases, whole grain cereals or bread may stick to your dentures. To prevent this from happening, drink a beverage as you eat. This will also make the foods easier to eat and swallow.
Replace tough meats like steak with easier-to-eat protein, such as eggs, fish, poultry, and legumes. Another good choice is slow-cooked or stewed meats.
Foods, such as caramel, taffy, marshmallows, raisins, and peanut butter can dislodge your dentures, so they should be eaten with caution, if eaten at all.
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