Learning to eat with dentures

man enjoying difficult to eat food

As you get used to your new dentures you’ll find that, with a bit of time and some patience, you can soon start enjoying many of your favourite meals again. Read our top tips below to help you eat comfortably with your dentures.

Slow and steady

When it comes to mealtimes you may be tempted to indulge, with all the newfound choices you have now you’ve had your dentures fitted. However, we’ve found that taking it slow and steady can still satisfy your appetite. Try to take only small bites of soft foods and stay away from food that’s too hard or chewy.

Starting with Softer Foods

Include regular helpings of soft foods in your diet to help you get used to eating with your new dentures such as:

-       Eggs

-       Fish

-       Cooked vegetables

-       Ice cream

These foods won’t place as much pressure on your mouth when chewing, meaning your dentures will feel more comfortable as you tackle some of your favourites.

Both sides now

Try not to bite down using your front teeth, as this could dislodge your dentures. Chew evenly on both sides to help your gums get used to the gentle pressure.

Once you feel more confident with how to eat with your dentures, you’ll be free to tackle tougher foods such as harder fruit and meat.

Extra hold for your dentures

For those tougher foods, try out a denture fixative to give you that added peace of mind that your dentures will stay in place. Not only do these fixatives provide a strong all-day hold for up to 12 hours, they also create a seal that helps stop food getting in between your dentures and gums, helping you feel more comfortable while you’re still getting used to the feeling.

Learning to eat with dentures is a small step that you can easily take in your stride towards enjoying every mouthful.

Adapted from https://www.mydenturecare.com/en-gb/expert-advice/living-with-dentures/living-with-dentures/ , accessed July 2020