Losing your sense of taste or tasteless food is a common problem many patients experience in the first weeks or months of wearing full or partial dentures. Even though this is often frustrating, there’s no reason to worry. Getting the taste of your food often requires minor adjustments.
Why Do Dentures Affect Taste?
It’s important to know that we tend to lose our sense of taste as we age, and that some people may even have trouble distinguishing the taste of sweet, salty, sour, and bitter foods.
In addition to weakening of the taste buds with age, wearing dentures can cause some loss of taste due to:
.The upper denture covering your upper hard palate containing the taste buds
.Food residues that stick to your dentures and leave an unpleasant taste
.Excessive use of denture adhesive
Losing the sense of taste can cause some serious health effects as well as seem like a bad thing. Some people may lose interest in fruits, vegetables, and other foods that provide the nutrition that is critical to maintaining good health.
If you or a loved one has difficulty tasting taste due to dentures, it is important to make an appointment with a dentist.
They may offer other tooth replacement options, such as dental implants, that may be better suited to your specific needs.
How to Eliminate Loss of Taste Due to Prostheses?
If you are wearing a full or partial denture and have some difficulty with taste, there are several ways to regain your sense of taste.
This is important because food that tastes good also encourages you to continue to eat healthy, avoid malnutrition, and over-reliance on poor food choices (like sweets and salty foods).
-Clean Your Dentures
Keeping your dentures clean is important for many reasons. Brushing and soaking them daily can protect you from oral health problems like mouth sores, gingivitis and even cancer.
Rinsing them with warm salt water can also improve your sense of taste by getting rid of any stuck residue or food particles that can affect the flavor of your food.
-Make Sure Your Prostheses Fit Correctly
While it is normal to use denture adhesive, especially during the first few weeks of dentures, over-reliance on such products can affect your sense of taste.
If you use too much glue, it could be a sign that your dentures are not fitting well. Finding a dentist who can offer affordable full or partial dentures that fit well means the adhesive will simply be a substitute and allow you to enjoy your meal.
-Consider Prosthetic Implants
If you already clean your dentures properly and don’t use excessive glue, it may mean that the taste buds on your upper palate are too protected.
In such a case, you may want to consider a tooth replacement alternative, such as an implant-supported denture, that does not require closure of your upper palate.
Are You Using Prosthesis For The First Time?
Here’s how partial dentures can affect your enjoyment and how to fix the problem.
Getting a full or partial denture for the first time can be a challenging experience. It may take some time and patience to get used to the new sensation in your mouth.
During the first month of wearing a prosthesis, you may encounter several challenges, including the following.
.Not being able to eat what you want
.Changes in your sense of taste
. Mouth sores and blisters