Getting dentures is a thrilling experience. Once they’re in, you’ll be able to flash your stunning smile and do all those things that you couldn’t before you had prosthetic teeth. It’s normal to be excited, but it is important to be extra cautious for the first couple of days after your dentures are put into your mouth.
Just like when you had learned how to ride a bike as a child, you’ll want to start off a little slower than normal. Don’t rush into a turkey dinner complete with corn-on-the-cob. Avoid hot liquids and foods. Not only could this risk burning your mouth due to decreased sensitivity, but it could loosen your newly installed dentures. Many denture wearers find that food tastes differently than it did before. Don’t worry, your sense of taste should improve over time.
Now that you have new teeth, your gums need to readjust to chewing and biting. On top of this, your mouth may be sore from dental work. Keep those factors in mind when planning your meals immediately after you get your dentures. The key for the first day is to stick to soft foods, but there’s no reason you shouldn’t be getting all your nutrients. Here are some of our favourite foods:
- Mashed vegetables
- Ice cream
With dentures, the way you eat will be affected as well. Start getting into these habits as soon as you have your dentures and you will be eating naturally in no time:
- Avoid using your front teeth to bite: This can cause dentures to become unstable and in turn, may make your gum line sore. Reserve biting down for your canines, otherwise known as your “eye” teeth.
- Spread out your food in your mouth: When chewing, distribute your food evenly on both sides of your mouth. This will create an even pressure on your dentures that won’t make them unstable.
Just follow these simple steps and you will be well on your way to enjoying your new smile! If you’re ready to take the plunge to find out if dentures are right for you, give us a call today at (403) 254-5000. We can’t wait to meet you!