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Enjoying the Holidays with your New Dentures

blueberries on blueberry cheesecake at holidays

Adjusting to new situations is all about patience, learning and being open-minded.

As millions of denture wearers around the globe can attest, life with denture appliances can be delicious, especially during the festive season – when eating with dentures becomes a concern for those adjusting to their denture appliances.

All you need to do is take one bite at a time, steadily and slowly, and take care of your new smile. Here’s how you can make the most of your holidays with your new dentures.

Adjusting to your New Set of Dentures

christmas dinner at the holidaysThe holidays are great for all kinds of reasons, not the least of which is food.

But with those new dentures, perhaps you’re shying away from eating like you normally would have?

Before you turn down any invitation this festive season because of concerns about eating and dentures, read our tips for adjusting to full or partial dentures.

With a little practice, time, and patience, you will be able to enjoy almost any type of food you like, surrounded by the people you love the most.

Eating with New Dentures

One of the things our clients in Ottawa are always looking forward to when investing in new dental appliances is enjoying the foods they are passionate about, from corn to steak or frozen desserts.

However, new denture wearers often find the journey back to eating normally very frustrating, as chewing and biting can feel different than before.

senior man eats meal with family

In addition, many patients at our Ottawa denture clinic are concerned about their appliances slipping out.

Here are our tips for eating with a new set of dentures:

  • Start with soft foods, for example, fish, eggs, vegetables, or puddings
  • Take smaller quantities and cut your food down to smaller pieces than before
  • Do not panic if you feel that you are not able to taste the flavours: once you get used to your appliances, your mind will get a better balance and the sense of taste will dramatically improve
  • Be careful with hot foods and drinks: you could go from feeling nothing to suddenly burning your mouth

Although our Ottawa denture clinic will be closed during the festive season, our denturist will still be available for emergencies to give you the peace of mind you deserve.

How to Treat Denture Sore Spots at Home

senior woman cooks holiday mealPeople with dentures sometimes complain about sore, aching gums, especially straight after getting a new set of dentures.

Our denture clinic will advise you as to how to mitigate the pain before sending you home, but there are certain remedies that will provide relief to your aching gums this holiday season.

As soon as you feel uncomfortable, take off your dentures and let the gums rest, allowing them their share of oxygen to remain healthy.

Maintain the highest standard of oral health and cleanliness to keep infections at bay.

Be sure to rinse your mouth with warm saltwater. This simple solution, recommended by oral health care professionals all over the world, has antibacterial characteristics, and will help drain any abscess that has formed on the gums because of your new set of appliances.

Dealing with New Dentures

christmas dinner at the holidaysRemember not to wear your dentures for too long at one time, especially in the beginning.

Try to take your dentures out for at least six hours a day – and be sure to clean them with the right cleanser and not with regular toothpaste.

If the remedies mentioned above do not ease the pain, do not hesitate to contact us.

Our denturist will determine how serious the emergency is and provide you with the solution that suits your needs best.