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Life Can Be Delicious — Eating With Dentures

One of the things you probably look forward to the most about getting dentures is enjoying foods you love, such as steak, corn on the cob, and gooey frozen deserts.

But new denture wearers can find the journey back to eating steak frustrating. Biting and chewing often feel different than before. And the fear of having your dentures slip during a meal can be enough to keep you away from restaurants altogether.

Before you turn down that invitation to all-you-can-eat-ribs night, try these tips for eating with full or partial dentures. With a little practice eating with dentures, and with patience, you should be able to enjoy almost any food you like.

  • Don't panic if you feel that food has "lost its flavor." Right now, your mind is receiving strong signals from your mouth about your dentures, which overpower the messages from your taste buds. After you get accustomed to dentures, your mind will find a better balance and your sense of taste will improve.
  • As you adjust to new dentures, you might have trouble sensing hot foods and drinks. This is common. But be careful; you don't want to burn your mouth.
  • Start with soft foods. Some good examples are eggs, fish, chopped meat, cooked vegetables, and puddings. As you gain more experience and confidence with dentures, try eating chewier foods, such as steak or celery.
  • Ease back into eating the foods you love with small quantities cut into smaller pieces.
  • If you're planning to enjoy foods such as corn on the cob, which require more biting force, consider using a bit of denture adhesive to help your dentures feel more secure. Denture adhesives such as Fixodent® can also help protect your mouth against dentures' two hidden enemies, food particles and bacteria, that can cause bad breath.
  • When you put food in your mouth, chew half of it on the back-left side of your mouth and the other half on the back-right side. This will even out the pressure on your dentures.


Day 14, full uppers and partial bottom - Drink Ensure, that way you are getting some

by lohnmacht on Sep 30, 2011 9:05 pm - Flag as offensive
Hi guys, I hope my experience can help those struggling. My teeth were pulled on July 21st and I left for vacation the next day (horrible idea) uppers only. My dentist slapped it in immediately afterwards but I took it out as soon as the Novocaine wore off. I couldn't even wear it for a minute for almost 2 weeks cause it hurt so bad. I went back to him and he put in a soft liner and I swear it made all the difference in the world. By no means am I feeling like its not even there but, I can wear it and thats what's important. I am eating again and it hurts a little when I first put it in but all the compliments I'm getting make up for the little bit of discomfort. I was just as depressed for those first two weeks. I'm only 34 and I will need this plastic puck in my mouth forever but it's not like that. We were not blessed with good teeth and thank god we have this option. I can tell just by how much I'm getting used to it every day that pretty soon I will forget it's even there. To all those still struggling, don't worry. You will learn to love your new teeth and the most important advice I can give you is...

Talk to your dentist. He is there to help you and he cannot do that without communication. No matter what it is that concerns you, tell him. I understand that not all dentists are as accessible as mine but if that is the case, then find one that is. After all, it's your mouth and your money.

by Dev850 on Aug 09, 2011 3:55 pm - Flag as offensive
Hang in there folks. I have just hit the one month mark with my new upper and lower dentures. I am 41 and have spent the last month sucking down shakes and applesauce. I have been in a deep depression over the last four weeks. I feel too young to be going through this and I've been so hungry!! Today I got my first adjustments with soft liners and the difference is incredible! Both sets are staying in place and feel so much better in my mouth. I can actually open my mouth fairly wide without the bottom piece flipping out of place! I'm going to try some pasta tonight. This is huge adjustment for our bodies. We need to give ourselves time, but I think we will all be happy we've done this. I'm not there yet, but I feel closer.

by kris14u2c on Jul 19, 2011 4:16 pm - Flag as offensive
Today is day 8 of upper and partial bottom..talking is not too bad but I have not eaten anything since the day before the placement of my dentures...I am 38 and feel horrible enough that I had to go through this.

by brit20 on Jul 15, 2011 4:15 pm - Flag as offensive
One week of dentures, hating it, I am 40yrs old and never thought I would have to were dentures, I have a upper and lower, had to have full extractions (painful !!!!!), love my new smile, hate the swollen face look, and not able to chew at all.

by newdenturewearer on Jul 05, 2011 12:50 pm - Flag as offensive
i have been fighting with my denture now for 6 weeks. have had 2 upper s made sense had upper teeth pulled. they can't get them to fit correctly. now everytime i return for adjustments they just put in a liner. having a really hard time with them. my tongue feels foreign in my mouth

by bandit on Mar 16, 2011 10:27 am - Flag as offensive
Thank god for this site. Yesterday got my teeth pulled and they put my temporary dentures right away. They did not tell me how to clean them nor how to eat with my dentures. My dentist was uncaring. I know the difference between pain and pressure and I was in alot of pain. Slept most of day 1 and day 2 ate some soft food. I am afraid to take the dentures out but I will do it on day 3. Excited about my teeth. Haven't liked my teeth ever and haven't have a full set of teeth in many years. Not much pain since day 1 but not taking any chances so taking pain ****. My face still looks like Planet of the Apes on day 2 so trying to continue with ice packs. Look forward to other comments.

by smileon on Jan 01, 2011 7:01 pm - Flag as offensive
I am on day 5 with full upper and lower. Had 22 extractions and having problems with my gag reflex. Bought some hard candy to suck on, hope that helps. Love the look, I can smile again!!

by MDChurch on Nov 02, 2010 5:51 pm - Flag as offensive
I have been wearing dentures since August 9th, 2010. This website has been very helpful to me. Also, Fixodent has helped me alot by keeping my dentures in place. Thank you for being there. rose

by rose on Sep 03, 2010 1:14 am - Flag as offensive
This is a great site. I am one week post op with full upper and partial lower. I was feeliing down and depressed but after reading the others comments I don't feel I alone in this process. I have gotten answers to some ofmy questions just in the 0 min on the site, I'm going to tell my dentist about this site, his other patients would benefit as I have, THANK YOU

by BARBARA1279 on Aug 11, 2010 9:27 pm - Flag as offensive
So glad I found this site.Day 4 of full upper & lower & can't wait to be able to eat normally again.

by CHart on Jul 19, 2010 8:26 pm - Flag as offensive
Hi - I am on day 5 of top and bottom and am beyond frustration - any words of hope would be appreciated.

by catlady2010 on Jun 22, 2010 9:11 pm - Flag as offensive
thank you I have been having problems eating, i've had my dentures for about a month and i'm just starting to fell okay with eating with my bottom dentures. fixodent has helped me enjoy more then just chopped meat. can't wait to enjoy corn on the cob. thanks again jnette

by jnette43 on Jun 15, 2010 2:07 pm - Flag as offensive

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