Steaks on the grill, corn on the cob, fresh vegetable salads. Just reading about delicious summertime foods can make your mouth water. However, if you wear dentures in Orange Park, then you may be wondering—how in the world am I going to eat those kinds of foods? Not to worry. There are tricks to making eating with dentures easier. Read on to find out what a dentist recommends.
Start Out Easy
If you’ve recently gotten dentures, then you need to give yourself some time to get used to having a dental appliance in your mouth most of the time. Start off eating a diet of soft foods such as soups, yogurt, pureed foods and scrambled eggs.
Take Small Bites
When you begin to eat solid foods, be sure to cut small pieces and chew thoroughly. Most people have a tendency to favor chewing on one side of their mouth. However, denture wearers often find chewing is easier when food is distributed evenly on both the left and right side.
Also, avoid biting toward the front of your dentures. Doing so can shift your dentures, which could lead to sore gums. Instead, use your canine or eyeteeth to bite.
Watch Out for Hot Foods
You are less able to gauge the temperature of food when you’re wearing dentures. So, if you’re about to eat a hot meal, let your food cool before enjoying. Then, touch a small bite of food to your tongue or take a teaspoon of hot liquid. If the temperature feels comfortable, then you can safely eat.
Pears, Plums and Peaches
Summer fruits can be hard. Try slicing them into thin pieces before you eat. Or, try cooked fruits. Peaches, pineapple and pears are great on the grill! Grilling not only softens fruit, but also brings out the flavor.
Dentures and Mouth Care
Don’t sleep with dentures in your mouth. Remove them every night for cleaning. Use a brush with soft bristles and a mild toothpaste or special denture cleaner. Don’t forget to brush any remaining teeth, your gums and tongue and the rest of your mouth. Once cleaned, allow your dentures to soak in water or a denture cleaning solution.
With a little patience, you’ll get used to wearing dentures and be able to eat a variety of foods. If there’s spot on your denture that is uncomfortable, then schedule an appointment right away with your dentist.
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Here at Kind Care Dentistry, you can depend on your local dental office to provide comprehensive care for you despite what your smile has been through. Our goal is to always help you improve your oral health, even if you’ve any or all of your teeth. Contact us today to learn about how we may be able to assist you.