Getting new dentures can make you feel like you’re a new and improved person. But while your teeth now look picture-perfect, the feeling of new dentures is rather strange at first.
A lot of people will feel a bit of discomfort at first, especially while they eat. You’ll be happy to know that this sensation goes away in just a few days as you adjust to your dentures, but there are some ways to help you make the process run smoother:
1. Don’t Rush
It can take a little bit of time to get used to new dentures, but putting pressure on yourself and rushing the process won’t really help. Instead, take it slow and opt for softer foods that don’t require lots of chewing.
2. Avoid Hot Liquids
Because of your new dentures, you might not realize if something is too hot until too late. Dentures have an insulating effect, so remember to take a tiny sip of your coffee or tea to make sure the temperature is just right before you start drinking.
3. Chew on Both Sides
If you’re used to chewing on one side more than the other, it’s best to try and chew evenly with your new dentures. If you only chew on one side it will actually increase the risk of the dentures slipping out of place, because you are only applying pressure to one side. If you chew on both, the dentures remain stable.
4. Avoid Sticky and Tough Foods
Foods that, in general, need more chewing will give you some hard times right after you’ve got your dentures. At least for a while, you should try to avoid them until you get used to your new dental prosthetics.
However, you should know that dentures are not indestructible, so you should be mindful of these foods even later on. Make sure to clean your dentures after eating something sticky, and always make sure you make these ‘though’ foods like steaks as tender as possible.
5. Cut Your Food Into Smaller Pieces
When you’re ready to upgrade to a new diet with your dentures, make sure to cut your food into small pieces. It's still possible to experience a bit of soreness even after a full week with your dentures, and small, bite-size food is a lot easier to chew and can reduce this discomfort. With time, however, you will be able to use our dentures at full capacity!
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