One of greatest challenges for most denture wearers is re-learning how to eat with their new teeth. A lot of denture wearers simply avoid foods that give them problems, but that’s not really necessary. You just need to understand the mechanics and employ a few tricks to make things easier.
Eating with a complete set of dentures is quite different than with natural teeth. Your dentures are not embedded in the bone and so lack nerves that can sense pain, pressure and temperature. Instead, dentures rest on soft, movable tissue and of course can't sense pain or temperature.
The trick to eating is to keep the denture stable during chewing. If you apply force only on one side of the denture, the other side will and tip and possibly break the seal. The solution is to learn to chew simultaneously on both sides. And the best way to learn is to practice.
Start with brittle foods such as a cracker. Place half a small cracker on one side and half on the other side. Attempt to chew slowly, thoroughly and then swallow. Two-sided chewing feels at little awkward at first because we’re used to chewing on one side with natural teeth. But, two-sided chewing can be learned and will help you a long the road.
Having dentures doesn't is no excuse for bad nutrition. It's important to to maintain a proper diet and fluid balance which is important to your overall general health. Over-indulging in foods with high carbohydrates – such as diet pop, aren't a good idea anyway so simply avoid them. Lots of fruits and water (at least 2 quarts per day) is good a idea.
Above all, wear the dentures at mealtime despite the difficulties. Do not become discouraged. Don't fall back on the "crutch" of using old dentures or doing without. This will only prolong the adjustment period.
Remember, millions have learned these skills and you can too.