Sometimes wearing new dentures can be challenging, especially if you don’t know what to expect. At first, your new dentures can seem awkward and strange. This can be because dentures can make your mouth and lips feel fuller than normal. Fortunately, these and other uncomfortable feelings dissipate as you grow more used to your dentures. Here’s what you can expect when you first start wearing your new dentures.
Chewing and Eating with Your New Dentures
Chewing and eating can be tricky at first. Your mouth needs a little retraining! Here are a few tricks.
- Start out with only soft foods. Later, you can graduate to foods that are harder to chew. Use both sides of your mouth to chew. Chewing on both sides at the same time helps your denture teeth to remain stable.
- Don’t eat large chunks of food, but cut up your food into small bites.
- Avoid using the front teeth to bite into foods because you don’t want your dentures to become dislodged. Instead, use your side teeth when biting into foods.
- Include lots of healthy foods, such as vegetables, fruits and proteins.
Considerations and Warnings
- Speaking can be challenging at first. It helps to practice speaking by reading aloud. Stand in front of a mirror, observing how you speak. Be sure to speak quietly and slowly.
- If your speech is slurred, don’t worry because this is common. Also, if you have upper dentures, you may gag. Fortunately, this is usually temporary.
- Foods may have an odd taste or lose their taste. Again, this issue shouldn't last long.
- Don’t chew hard items such as ice.
- Sometimes small bits of food can get underneath your dentures when eating. To solve this problem, just take out your dentures so that they can be rinsed with water.
- Expect to regularly visit your dentist, so your oral health can be monitored as well to ensure that your dentures fit well. Your dentist will advise you on when it’s time for your dentures to be adjusted, relined or replaced.
Dr. Julie Berger is Gettysburg dentist and board certified prosthodontist. She can be reached at