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New to Dentures? 7 Tips for Eating with Your New Smile

March 11, 2020

Filed under: Uncategorized — losgatosdentalgroup @ 4:10 am
Smiling woman with apple and dentures in Los Gatos

Congratulations on your new dentures in Los Gatos! These dental devices are an excellent way to quickly restore your missing teeth and get back to enjoying a full smile. While you’ll be enjoying your new look right away, it may take a little time to get used to them completely. To make the process easier, keep these seven tips in mind as you learn to navigate your daily diet with your new teeth.

1.) Start Off with Soft Foods

Since your gums need time to adapt to your new dentures, eating hard, crunchy, or chewy foods right away may cause soreness. For the first few days, stick to eating softer foods like apple sauce, mashed potatoes, and ice cream.

2.) Practice Chewing Evenly

Chewing on one side of your mouth more than the other may cause your dentures to shift or pop out of place. Remind yourself to chew evenly on each side every time you eat, and it will become second nature in no time.

3.) Watch Out for Hot Temperatures

It can be very difficult to tell how hot a food or drink is before putting it in your mouth when wearing dentures. Take small bites or sips to test the temperatures and avoid burning your tongue.

4.) Don’t Worry About Extra Saliva

Dentures may cause you to start producing extra saliva, which is a natural side effect that should go away in a few days. In the meantime, you can suck on a piece of hard, sugarless candy to encourage swallowing more.

5.) Take Smaller Bites

Cutting your food into smaller pieces or taking smaller bites puts less pressure on your gums and helps them continue to adjust. Additionally, smaller bites of food are easier to digest!

6.) Stay Hydrated

Don’t forget that your dentures accumulate plaque just like natural teeth would. Drinking plenty of water throughout the day will help keep them clean and free of lingering particles.

7.) It’s Normal to Be a Little Sore At First

While they look very similar to natural teeth, it will take some time for your mouth to adjust to your new dentures. As you get used to them, it’s completely normal to experience some soreness in your gums or jaw. It may be frustrating at first, but this initial soreness should wear off in a few days. Your dentures are custom-made to fit as comfortably as possible, so if they continue to bother you or cause sores on your gums, don’t hesitate to see your dentist for readjustments.

Remember to be patient with yourself as you learn to eat with your new teeth. With a little practice and these seven easy tips, you’ll be enjoying your meals without a second thought in no time!

About the Practice

At Los Gatos Dental Group in Los Gatos, CA, we understand just how important your smile is to your physical wellbeing, mental health, and self-confidence. That’s why our talented team of dentists strives to meet all your dental needs under one roof. If you’re looking to fill the gaps in your smile, we offer a variety of tooth replacement options, including modern dentures, which are now more comfortable and lifelike than ever. To learn more about your options for replacing missing teeth, feel free to contact us via our website or at (408) 402-0900.

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