Why Learning to Eat with Dentures is So Difficult

Posted on 12/25/2019 by Keith Boenning, DDS
Why Learning to Eat with Dentures is So DifficultGetting dentures is a huge step forward in terms of your quality of life. Once you adjust to them, you will be able to once again enjoy many of the foods that you may have been forced to give up.

In addition, although it will take some time, you will find that you are able to speak more clearly than you could before. And, as if these items weren't enough, you will also discover that you enjoy a tremendous boost to your self-confidence due to your improved appearance.

However, before you get there, you are going to have to overcome some obstacles. One of the biggest of these is the process of learning to eat with your new dentures. Here are some tips, and some things to consider as you go through this process.

Remember that Your Gum Tissue Needs to Adjust

Many people find that the biggest challenge of new dentures is the soreness they experience in the areas where the dentures press against the gum tissue. This is perfectly normal, and over time your gum tissue will adjust. The best thing you can do is to slowly build up to wearing your dentures, and slowly build up in terms of the toughness of the food you are eating.

Rather than starting out with chewy foods, start out with something a bit softer. As your gum tissue adjusts, you will slowly be able to eat more foods until you are once again able to enjoy some of the foods you thought you would never be able to eat again.

Don't Get Discouraged

Some new denture wearers get frustrated and give up. You should not do this, as giving up only means you won't progress any further. Work slowly towards your goal of learning to eat with your new dentures, and you will eventually be able to eat like you did when you had your natural teeth.
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