We know that you are grateful for your dentures, like millions of other Americans are. Wearing dentures means that you are able to speak clearly, smile widely, and eat a variety of foods. However, you may have thought you need to stay away from the more difficult foods to chew when you first get dentures. While it might take a couple of weeks to fully adjust to your new dentures, we don't think you should give up your favorite foods just because you have dentures. Here is some information on eating tougher or more difficult foods if you have dentures.
Eating With Dentures
When you first get dentures, you need to stick to a soft diet. That will give your gums a chance to heal and get used to your new dentures. Soft, not too hot, not too spicy foods are best for a while.
Once those first few weeks are over with, you may be wondering how long it will be before you can get back to eating your favorite foods, including steak, roast beef and a big hamburger? Here are some tips for eating tougher foods.
First, be sure that you cut your food into smaller bites. Whether it's steak, or carrots, or your favorite apple, they will be easier to chew if they are in smaller pieces. You also need to move your food to both sides of your mouth so that you can chew smaller pieces. Putting food on both sides of your mouth when you chew also keeps your dentures stable while you are chewing. Chew your food slowly and make sure the food is thoroughly chewed before you swallow.
Wash your bites down with water, which makes them easier to chew, and easier to swallow. If you love steak, which is historically hard to chew, make sure that you make the pieces as small as possible. Slow cooked or stewed meats are better, because they are softer. You can also easily eat fish or poultry, because they are softer as well.
Do you have questions about eating with dentures? Give us a call today, and let us make you an appointment to talk to us about your diet with dentures.