Although your new dentures might look the great, they aren’t always comfortable when you are trying to eat something, especially when your are still getting used to them. Don’t worry. It takes some time but you will adjust to it and start eating comfortably.
Start with a liquid diet that includes purees and soft foods such as apple sauce, puddings, cooked cereals, chopped cooked eggs and broth. In the initial stage of denture usage, it would be more about the chewing and less about taste.
As you chew, keep in mind:
- • Distribute your food evenly on both sides in the back of your mouth when you chew,
this will help keep your dentures more stable while you eat.
- • Chew slowly and thoroughly before you swallow – don’t gulp down large pieces
of unchewed food as you could choke on them.
You should be able to eat almost anything, but there are some foods that may always be difficult to eat, depending on the type of denture
you have. Be cautious with foods that are hard, sticky or contain small particles: whole fresh fruits, hard crusty breads, tough red meats, peanut butter, chewing gum, sticky candy, fruits and berries with seeds, nuts and coconut.
Don’t worry if your sense of taste diminishes, that is just part of the process of adjusting to your dentures. Right now, your mind is receiving strong signals from your mouth about your dentures, which overpower the messages from your taste buds. After you get accustomed to dentures, your mind will find a better balance and your sense of taste will improve.
It isn’t going to be easy to get used to wearing a new denture for the first time, after years of using your teeth to chomp down anything and everything (which is probably why you have the dentures) but keep at it. The more you use them, the more confident you will be using your dentures.