Eating and talking with dentures or partials.
Being able to eat the foods you love and speak more normally is a big part of living well with dentures or partials. The good news is that you can do it — once you get used to your dentures or partials. A little patience and these tips will help you.
Eating with Dentures or Partials
When you first get your dentures or partials, eating is going to be a little different — so make it easy on yourself.
- Choose foods that are easier to chew and swallow — like eggs, fish, cheese, chopped meat, cooked vegetables and ice cream.
- Take small bites, chew slowly and try not to bite down with your front teeth.
- Avoid chewy or hard foods like caramel and chewing gum.
As the days go by, maybe between 15 and 90 days after you get your dentures or partials, eating will become more comfortable. This is the perfect time to start adding more foods to your plate — including harder-to-eat fruits, vegetables and meat. And you might want to consider trying a denture adhesive cream like zinc-free Super PoliGrip® Free for even more comfort and confidence. It's clinically proven to seal out the bits of food that you'll run across when eating nuts, berries, popcorn - or any crunchy food. Plus, zinc-free Super Poligrip® Free is flavor free and won't change the taste of your favorite food.
Speaking with Dentures or Partials
If you experience difficulty speaking clearly when you first get dentures or partials, you're not alone. In fact, it's common to have problems pronouncing words with "S" or "F" sounds. Try these tips and hints for improving your ability to speak with dentures or partials:
- Practice speaking aloud while wearing your new dentures or partials.
- Read aloud from a book or magazine in front of a mirror.
- Try biting down and swallowing just before you begin to speak. This helps set your dentures or partials in place.