How To Adjust To New Dentures

Dentures will take time to get used to if you are a new wearer since they can feel bulky and make your cheeks feel full. While that feeling will go away over time, it is something that you will have to deal with at first. Here are some tips that will help you adjust to wearing new dentures

Eat Soft Foods

While you may be excited to use your new dentures for chewing your favorite foods, you should know that it is going to take time to learn how to eat with them. That is why it is best to start with soft foods that are easy to chew and will not cause you many problems. You will eventually work your way up to eating harder foods once you adjust to wearing the dentures, but do not rush into doing so. 

Chew With Both Sides

You may also have to change up your habits of how you ate foods in the past. If you were the kind of person that chewed with one side of your mouth, you will need to get used to chewing with both sides now that you have dentures. This will help evenly distribute the pressure that is on your gums and stabilize them in your mouth. 

Avoid Using The Front Teeth

Know that you will also have to learn how to use your front teeth differently when it comes to biting. While you may have been able to get a lot of force out of your front teeth when they were natural teeth, it will not be the same with dentures. Putting too much force on the front teeth can actually cause them to become dislodged. You'll want to use the molars for most of your chewing and change things up a bit until you learn how to chew with your dentures. For example, putting pressure on the edge of your lower dentures with your tongue can help hold them in place. 

Consider Using Adhesives 

The lower dentures actually float on your lower gum, so it is normal to need some help holding them in place. Many people do this by using a denture adhesive, which gives the dentures some added stability when talking and chewing. You won't have to use denture adhesives forever since you will adjust to the denture over time, but it will certainly help with the initial period of using dentures.