How to Eat with New Dentures and Foods You Should Avoid

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Have you recently gotten a partial or complete denture Calgary or are about to? While it's exciting to have a wonderful new smile, there is certainly an adjustment period when it comes to eating foods with your new teeth, and there are a bunch of foods you should definitely avoid. 


If you’re looking for eating with dentures advice or how to chew with dentures, then you’ve come to the right spot. Our comprehensive guide will walk you through how to adjust to your new teeth when first chewing with them, and offer tips on the foods you should avoid at all costs. We'll also provide you with a list of foods that are safe for new denture wearers. 

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How to Chew with Your New Dentures

Whether you just received partial dentures or complete dentures Calgary, there's going to be a bit of a learning curve when it comes to chewing with them. It takes a few weeks to get used to the feel of dentures in your mouth, and because of that, you don't want to be putting any undue stress or pressure on your gums and cheeks. That's why it's recommended you go slow for the first few new chews, and take care while doing so. Not heeding this advice could lead to higher chances of inflammation and irritation in your gums, which will make every meal feel like a chore or burden. Which is the exact opposite thing you were hoping to accomplish by getting dentures in the first place! Below are some tips to help ensure your chewing transition is a smooth one: 

  • Start with soft foods — Foods that are pureed or soft are the best to begin with once you've received your dentures. Examples of these types of food include applesauce, oatmeal, pudding, broth, sufficiently saturated cereal, mashed potatoes, and scrambled eggs. You'll get the nutrients you need and avoid causing yourself any unnecessary discomfort or pain. 
  • Avoid heat, temperature-wise and spice-wise — Your new dentures will act as a buffer when it comes to hot foods, and this could be a painful problem if you don't check the temperature before inserting the food fully into your mouth. We recommend testing the food out on your lips before proceeding any further, just so you don't accidentally burn or scald yourself. You'll also want to avoid spicy food at the beginning, as your gums may be sore or irritated as they adjust to your dentures, and the spicy food could compound this. 
  • Evenly distribute your chewing  Once you've graduated to solid foods, it's important to chew with both sides of your mouth. This may take a little getting used to since we normally chew unconsciously, but doing so will help stabilize your dentures as you eat. 
  • Cut your food into tiny pieces and take smaller bites — You don't want to be rushed when eating your first few meals with your new dentures. By cutting your food into tinier pieces and taking smaller bites, you can help yourself break down the food more easily with your new complete or partial dentures. You'll also avoid choking on your food, which is always a good thing. 

Are you struggling to eat with your new dentures? At Future Smiles Denture Clinic our expert denturist can help you through this problem and provide further tips on adjusting to your new teeth. 
 

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Foods to Avoid with Your New Partial or Complete Dentures

Without a doubt there are certain foods you'll want to avoid at all costs after recently receiving new dentures Calgary. Some may seem obvious, some might not. The top foods to avoid are as follows: 

  • Taffy, toffee, caramel, or other sticky candies
  • Red meats
  • Popcorn
  • Bread or crackers with seeds on them
  • Hard fruit or vegetables
  • Peanut butter!

While there are various reasons as to why these foods should be avoided, the main ones have to do with these foods either getting stuck underneath your dentures or their ability to dislodge them. 
 

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If you have any questions about how to eat with your new dentures or are exploring the possibility of getting dentures, get in touch with our helpful team at Future Smiles Denture Clinic by calling 403-475-0016 or by booking a FREE consultation today. 


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Vlad Dumbrava

Vlad Dumbrava has been active in the field of denture therapy since 2008. Upon receiving his denturist degree in 2011 from George Brown College in Toronto, Ontario, he continued his education in Medical Sciences at Western University.


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