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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2 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:

  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

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