Learning how to eat when first wearing dentures is an unfamiliar experience, but the good news is that you will get used to it. It will take a little time, but once you've adapted, you'll never regret having the patience to get through it. Here are some tips to make the transition to dentures as smooth as possible.
Common Sensations with New Dentures
When you think about how your natural teeth filled your mouth, it may come as no surprise that new dentures can feel like a foreign object, which in fact they are. Because you're not used to so much bulk in your mouth, you may salivate more for a while. However, this will decrease and go away the longer you wear your dentures.
You can try sucking on hard candy or a mint to encourage swallowing, clearing the excess saliva from your mouth. There is usually some temporary soreness in the beginning as well. If this discomfort continues, however, consider getting your dentures refitted at our office.
How to Eat with Dentures
Another sensation that many new denture wearers face is a feeling that your food doesn't taste as flavorful. Your brain is receiving overpowering signals from your mouth about your unfamiliar experience, which can interfere with your taste buds. Once you've adjusted to eating with dentures, however, food should begin to taste more flavorful again.
A good tip for eating while wearing dentures is to chew about half your food in the back of one side of your mouth, and the other half on the other side. Please contact our office if you feel discomfort from eating with your dentures.