Living with dentures does not mean that you automatically have to give up your enjoyment of food and drink.
Admittedly, chewing does feel different at first but after you have become accustomed to your dentures, you will find that your favourite meal still tastes as good as before!
How do you chew properly with dentures?
Initially, the palate, jaw and tongue adjust slowly to dentures. Therefore eating and drinking are new and different at first but it is simply a matter of familiarisation. Give yourself time. You will start to chew properly in time without even realising it.
Why does food taste different with dentures?
At first, your sense of taste may not be the same as before, as your taste nerves are located on your tongue and palate. Your palate is partially covered by the upper denture. It is possible therefore that you will not be able to taste your food as much as before. However, your sense of taste adjusts quickly to the new situation and you will be able to taste and enjoy your favourite dish as much as you did before.
- Protect your jaw and oral mucosa in the early stages by eating softer food which is easier to chew. Chew slowly, using both sides of your mouth.
- Very hot, very cold or excessively spicy dishes are also not recommended as these may further irritate the oral mucosa which is still sensitive in the early stages.
- Avoid chewing gum and any food that's sticky, hard or has sharp edges.
- If you feel that your dentures are likely to slacken or become slightly too loose when eating, bonding agents can give you greater reassurance and extra grip, thus preventing food particles from getting under your dentures.