Having to wear dentures is going to be an adjustment, especially when you are first fitted. It takes a few weeks for your mouth to get adjusted to the new teeth, so your diet is going to have to change. In honor of National Taffy Day, here are a few tips to get you through that adjustment period smoothly:
Take it slow. Since the first few days are the toughest, it is best to begin with a liquid diet. Choose purees and other soft foods that will help you learn how to begin to chew. Be careful of hot food and drink – because dentures are insulating your mouth, you won’t be able to judge temperature the same way. When drinking, swallow often as liquid can loosen your dentures.
Break it down. When you’re all set to try more solid foods, it is best to begin by cutting your food into very tiny pieces, or a mechanical soft diet. Once chewing, it is best to spread the food out evenly in your mouth so as to help keep your dentures in place. Chew slowly and mindfully.
When the going gets tough. When eating foods like bread or grain cereal, you’ll find that they stick to your dentures. Have a glass of something to help wash these foods down. When it comes to meat, it is best to choose poultry or fish over red meats, but stewed meats will be fine. When it comes down to it, staying away from sticky or hard foods will make the transition best.
For more information about dentures, call Drs. Barmby and Frick in Walnut Creek, CA at 9255-934-5526 or visit www.barmbyfrickprosthodontics.com.
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