If you’ve been considering dentures, or if your dentist has recommended them for you, you might be wondering about how dentures might affect your lifestyle. One of the main questions we hear from patients is about how dentures can affect your eating habits and if you have to adjust to new eating habits because of them.
The good news is that, even with dentures, you can have a lot of the same food you enjoy already! However, there are some tips we would love to share with you so you can maintain the quality of your dentures while still eating the food you love.
What You Will First Notice
One of the first things patients report when they first begin to chew food with their dentures is how it feels and tastes differently.
When you first start wearing dentures, you may experience what some may call a “fuller mouth,” meaning that your dentures feel almost too big for your mouth. This sensation is common among patients, and it will take some time for you to adjust fully.
Because of this sensation, some patients have reported that their food tastes “off” or “bland.” Because your brain is focusing so hard on trying to make your mouth adjust to the dentures, some studies suggest that your brain is focusing more on adjusting to dentures rather than taste, changing the flavour you usually would expect from your food. However, this is completely normal and this sensation will go away as you adjust to your dentures.
You don’t have to reduce how much you eat, but you do have to be aware of how much food, and what kind of food, you’re chewing. One of the first things you may want to do is start with foods that are smaller in size and are easier to chew. Do this for a while as your mouth becomes adjusted to wearing dentures, and gradually allow yourself to go back to your regular diet.
Larger pieces of food can displace your dentures while you chew and possibly have particles land between your gums and dentures, leading to irritation. So, for the first little while, make sure you’re slowing down while you let your mouth adjust.
Even Out Where You Chew
Another recommendation would be to try to even-out where you chew your food inside your mouth. Some people tend to favour one side of their mouth to chew without knowing it, but with dentures, you will need to make a conscious effort to chew on both sides of your mouth to keep even pressure on your dentures.
On top of this, you should avoid chewing with the front of your mouth as this can cause the dentures to become unstable and irritate your gums.
Cleaning Your Dentures
The great thing about dentures is that they can operate like real teeth so that you don’t need to clean them after every single meal. However, it’s always recommended to clean your dentures every night to remove any remaining food particles that may still be on your dentures. If your dentures aren’t cleaned, these particles can irritate your gums and make it difficult to wear dentures.