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Hello! My name is Den. This blog is going to cover a range of dental topics. I am not a dentist or a dental nurse but I have recently undergone a lot of dental treatment. This treatment has given me a great insight into the world of dentistry and I would like to share everything I have learnt with you here. Last year, I developed terrible pain in my mouth. I was diagnosed with severe tooth decay. The dentist removed the problem teeth and then inserted false ones in their place. He also whitened my teeth to improve my smile. I hope you find my blog useful.


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Why Do Dentures Make Food Taste Different?

by Myrtle Banks

When you replace all your natural teeth with dentures, your mouth has to change the way it deals with food. It may take some time to get used to the physical process of eating, and you may find that food doesn't taste the same as it did before you had your dentures fitted. Typically, this isn't a permanent change.

The Taste of Dentures

When you first start wearing dentures, you may find that you can taste them when you eat. You may still be able to taste your food as normal, but it may also taste of dentures. This is typically down to the taste buds on your tongue, which are activated when you put something in your mouth. Your dentures are a new experience for your taste buds and they may treat them like food to start with, identifying your false teeth and telling you what they taste like. Although it may take a while for your taste buds to get used to the dentures being there and to stop telling your brain that their taste is in your mouth, this particular taste should ultimately disappear.

Dentures and Your Taste Buds

The human tongue contains many of the taste buds used to identify different tastes, but it is not the only location for taste buds. You also have some on the roof of your mouth or palate, as well as in other areas of your mouth.

If you have a full set of top dentures, its plate may cover part of your palate, putting an artificial barrier between the food you eat and the taste buds located in that area. This may make some foods taste different to you, depending on how many taste buds are covered. According to Wonderopolis, the human mouth can contain between 2,000 to 10,000 taste buds, but people don't all have the same number. So, you may not necessarily have a problem with taste or your mouth may again adapt over time.

Keeping Your Upper Plate Clean

If food particles get trapped between your top set of dentures and the roof of your mouth, your sense of taste may be a little odd. It's worth cleaning or at least rinsing off your dentures after a meal if you think food is stuck there. This gives you a clean plate that can't interfere with your sense of taste. It also helps with your overall oral health, keeping your mouth clean and free from particles that may cause bad breath or problems with bacteria.