If you’re new to wearing dentures or you know you’re going to have to wear dentures in the near future, don’t sweat it. Replacing your missing teeth with dentures will help you gain back your ability to chew, speak, and smile like you once used to. With these tips for new denture wearers, you will be able to get used to wearing and chewing with your new dentures in no time. Rivercrest Dental Care in New Braunfels is here to provide you with dentures and help you get adjusted to wearing them. Learn more about our different tips for new denture wearers below.

Wear Your Dentures As Much As Possible

Once you receive your pair of dentures, you’re going to take a bit of time to get adjusted to wearing them. Our first tip is to wear them as much as possible. This means the more you wear them, the easier it’s going to be to get used to talking with them in and eating with them in. If you ever had braces, you will remember your orthodontist telling you to wear your retainer for 24 hours a day for the first month after getting your braces off. It takes you about a week or two for you to learn how to speak with it in your mouth. The same is true with dentures. After wearing your dentures for a week or two straight, you will most likely feel completely comfortable with wearing and speaking with your dentures in.

Tips for Eating with Dentures

One of the trickiest parts of being new to dentures is learning how to eat with them in. Our best advice is to follow the following tips to get you started. After a couple of weeks, eating will feel natural again.

Start Slowly

When you first get set up with your dentures in New Braunfels, you’re probably going to feel excited to eat the foods you love once again. Unfortunately, we don’t recommend you test out your new dentures by biting into corn on the cob or a steak. We recommend starting slowly when it comes to eating food. This means that you should start by eating soft foods like oatmeal, mashed potatoes, pudding, applesauce, and soup. Once you feel comfortable chewing soft foods, move onto harder foods to chew. Slowly work your way up to eating that steak or corn on the cob.

Chew Evenly

It’s normal for people to favor one side of their mouth when they chew; however, we recommend you avoid this action if you wear dentures. Otherwise, it makes it easier for the dentures to slip out of place if you favor one section of your mouth for chewing. If you chew evenly, this will help keep your dentures stable during your entire meal. Once you practice eating like this, you will be able to chew without thinking about it.

Watch Out for Hot Liquids

If you love drinking hot coffee, tea or even hot chocolate, be careful when you take your first sips. Dentures have the tendency to insulate the heat so that you don’t notice how hot the drink you’re sipping is. This can lead to you burning your tongue or mouth without realizing it until it’s too late. Make sure to sip your drink and temperature test it with your tongue before you decide to gulp it down.

Cut Your Food Into Small Pieces

When you’re a new denture wearer, you will find that chewing takes a while to get used to. When you first start eating with dentures, we recommend that you cut your food into small pieces to take the pressure off your sore gums as well as make it easier for you to chew.

Be Careful with Sticky and Tough Foods

Chewing any tough meat will be a difficult task with dentures. They just aren’t designed to allow you to eat tough meats with ease. If you like tough meats, try to make them more tender with sauces or opt for slow-cooked meats or stews. You should also be careful when it comes to eating sticky foods like peanut butter, gum candies, and even certain berries. It’s normal for these types of foods to become stuck in your dentures or even on your gums between your dentures. Feel free to eat sticky foods, just be ready to clean your mouth and dentures afterward.

Practice Talking

New denture wearers will find talking and speaking to be a bit difficult at first. This gets much easier the more that you talk. We recommend that new denture wearers practice singing and talking as much as possible when they first get their dentures. This will allow your mouth and tongue to adjust faster, allowing you to speak normally sooner.

Take Care of Your Dental Health

Even though you no longer have teeth, it’s still important to take care of your dental health and dentures. You should be taking your dentures out every night to be cleaned and soaked in a cleaner. You should still brush your gums and tongue every morning and night just as you would with teeth. This will help keep your breath fresh and ensure that you don’t develop gum disease. Maintaining your dental health and dentures will ensure that no problems occur and that your dentures last as long as possible.

Soreness is Normal

During your first few weeks of wearing dentures, you will find that jaw and gums will feel sore as they are getting used to wearing the dentures. If the pain becomes severe or more prominent after time, make sure to bring this matter to the attention of your dentist. Your dentures might have been fitted wrong. Just remember that it’s normal to feel sore when wearing dentures and that it will soon pass. Just be patient. If the pain is a bit much, feel free to take an over the counter pain medicine to help.

Learn More About Dentures in New Braunfels

If you have missing teeth and you’re ready to restore your smile and chew normally again, it’s time to consider dentures from our New Braunfels dentist. Give us a call or fill out our online contact form to schedule an appointment with our dentist. We’re happy to get the process started as soon as possible!