How dentures might affect your weight
Anything that affects your normal diet is bound to affect your weight.
Some people tend to shed some weight after getting dentures. For one, your options of things to eat are limited immediately after extractions. Usually, you’re eating things like soup, pudding, mashed potatoes, and other soft foods. But sometimes, avoidance of certain foods may develop if the denture wearer isn’t confident enough to eat those foods, or, if they have real challenges with eating due to the functionality of their dentures.
If you’re having difficulty eating, check back in with your dentist to make sure that there isn’t a problem with your dentures. Loose fitting dentures or dentures which cause pain can definitely contribute to a poor diet.
Other times, it could be that you lack the confidence to incorporate the more challenging foods back into your diet. Check out my post on eating with dentures for tips on how to resume a normal diet after getting dentures. Consult with your doctor to see if you might benefit from supplements or protein drinks while you are learning to eat with your dentures.
On the flipside, you may be one of those who packs on a few pounds after getting your dentures. In my case, I had always been very skinny. Part of that was due to genetics but my poor diet was partially to blame. Due to the condition of my teeth, I avoided a wide variety of foods for fear of pain or breaking a tooth. When I got dentures, it opened up a plethora of new options of food for me and I didn’t hold back. As a result, I put on some extra weight.
Anticipate that your weight may be affected in either direction upon getting dentures. Discuss these possibilities with your doctor so you can come up with a healthy diet, beforehand, if possible.
How your weight might affect your dentures
Weight that fluctuates by a few pounds isn’t really a concern but when you lose or gain any significant amount of weight, it may affect the fit of your dentures in the same manner it would affect the fit of your shoes or a hat.
I’ve received messages from many people who embarked on a major weight loss journey once they got their confidence up from their new smile. Many of them were surprised when they found that their dentures became loose after shedding a large amount of weight. If you find that your dentures aren’t fitting properly after major weight loss or gain, check back in with your dentist to have them refitted.