Three Steps You Can Take to Make Eating with Dentures Easy

August 5, 2023

Filed under: Uncategorized — John Owen @ 9:24 am
Senior eating an apple

If you’re someone who has gotten dentures recently, you’re probably reveling in how incredible you look now compared to when you didn’t have them. However, you may still be getting used to how it feels to have your prosthetic in your mouth.

One of the biggest hurdles to get over is often learning to eat with your dentures in. At first, eating normally might even feel like an impossible task, but with time it’ll become second nature. Here are a few things you can do to make mealtimes with dentures much easier.

#1: Start Off Soft

As with anything, it’s usually best to start off small. The best thing to do when you first get your new prosthetic is to work softer foods into your diet. Obviously soup and oatmeal are easy choices, but you should probably expand your horizons beyond that if you want to have a rounded diet.

It sounds simple, but if you don’t have one you may want to invest in a decent blender. Blending together healthy fruits, vegetables, and yogurts can help you get the nutrients you need without putting pressure on your dentures.

#2: Eat Slowly & Carefully

You’re probably not used to thinking about how you eat, but chewing with dentures is a distinct skillset. When it comes time to eat, you shouldn’t do so in a hurry—sit down and take the time to cut your meal into small, bite size pieces that are easily chewed.

You should also make sure that you’re chewing with both sides of your mouth, as opposed to just one, in order to avoid putting undue pressure on just one side of your mouth. Finally, try and drink while eating to soften and wash down your food.

#3: Foods To Avoid Altogether

Even when you’re a pro at eating with your dentures, there are some foods that you should probably stay away from altogether. For example:

  • Crisp vegetables
  • Corn on the cob
  • Firm, crusty bread
  • Crunchy fruits
  • Biscuits and crackers
  • Hard-shelled nuts
  • Thick peanut butter with chunks
  • Popcorn
  • Chewy candies
  • Stringy and tough meats
  • Gum

About Our Practice

At PeaksView Dental, we believe that dentistry doesn’t have to feel like a chore. It presents you with an opportunity to take care of yourself, which means that you should feel pampered and cared for at every step of the oral healthcare process. We believe that every patient deserves their dream smile, which is why we make a strong effort to provide every one of our patients with comfortable, comprehensive care.

If you have any questions about dentures, we can be reached at our website or by phone at (540) 586-8106.