Dentures and Body Weight

Posted on Friday, August 11th, 2017 at 9:36 pm

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.

Have dentures affected your weight? Has your weight affected the fit of your dentures? Share your experience and any tips you might have in the comments section below!

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3 thoughts on “Dentures and Body Weight

  1. Making sure the denture fits well is important having discomfort with your dentures may lose your appetite according to research ” A denture that is essentially attached to either two dental implants or two mini-implants. You can see how this option helps to stabilize and retain the denture in the mouth. The denture will actually “click” into the two positions.

    Old dentures (or your existing denture) can usually be retro-fit to accommodate the denture. As far as dentures go, this is the second best denture option for long term. In the opinion of Atlanta Dental Spa, almost all lower dentures should be an over denture because otherwise they just “flop” around, making it difficult to speak and talk. This option still makes the denture removable each night.” source: https://atlantadentalspa.com/dentures.html

  2. Hi I’m 52 …I had immediate dentures on the 26 June and since then I have lost 10kg….I’m finding it hard to eat as I get full quickly.and foods don’t seem to taste the same any more..I find it really hard to chew sometimes and I feel really frustrated….I have been snacking on chocolate or sucking boiled lollies, and alot of other fattening foods so that i might put on weight…I weigh 49.7 and my gums are still healing so I haven’t had the reline yet although i have been checking in with the denture guy….Do you think that after I get the reline I will be able to eat a bit better and put on weight…Thank you

  3. I’m not a Dentist, I’m actually a Registered Nurse I’m responding a fellow suffering. Sadly not everyone upis looking out for your best interest. What I mean is most denture plans have a warranty BE SURE you know that date. Be sure you call from your cell to keep track of your contact attempts if you’re concerned or getting close send a letter that requires return receipt or at least an email on mail. Ask them what your plan covers for this situation. Hopefully you have a good care team that wants to help. If it’s a chain you might need to contact another branch office if you feel they are running down the clock. Most “issues” are just oversights or misunderstandings. They do this all da6 every day. Hopefully we are only there a few the process. They may say ”mark your calendar for 10 months so we see you then access your dentures fit and progress” but the day you started they were swamped and thought the covered it with you,but you got the whole packet too. Which few of u#even scan. Not saying anyone has I’ll intent but some do. As a Registered Nurse I always tell my Patients, “YOU need to be your own advocate. Ask questions, what Is that for, how long before they come get me for my test, I know I can’t eat but can I have water or ice chips? Ask whatever you need or want to know. I’d be doing a disservice if I didn’t encourage you to try to ask as much each time we are in the room. If it isn’t urgent just jot it down. All the “You are you own best advocate!” Works in any manners of healthcare and other customer service industry. We might not know you have a concern or question if you don’t tell us. I hope your journey is going well. All the best Joe RN

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