One thing that some wearers of dentures complain about is that dentures affect their sense of taste. This is actually to be expected to some extent, because dentures cover the roof of your mouth, called the hard palate, which includes many taste buds, almost as many as the tongue. This can reduce your enjoyment of food and potentially even lead to nutritional deficiencies. But how do you know if dentures are responsible for a loss of taste.
It’s important to eliminate other possible reasons why your taste might be changing. First, if your taste has been changing gradually, it’s likely due to age that you’ve been losing taste. This is a natural progression that is to be expected.
You might also ask your doctor if any prescriptions you’ve started recently might be responsible. Many medications can have a significant impact on your taste buds.
You should also consider whether injury or infection may have affected your taste buds. Damage or disturbance to the nerves that carry taste signals can lead to changes in your taste.
If you’ve eliminated these possibilities, your dentures may be responsible for taste changes.
One way to gauge whether your dentures are impairing your taste is to pay attention to how your taste is changing. If your dentures are affecting your sense of taste, then the changes should be traceable to the kinds of tastes that are most strongly sensed by the upper palate.
The upper palate is strongest in sweet taste receptors, while the tongue is strongest in salty receptors. If your dentures are affecting your taste, foods might taste more salty or less sweet. Some bitter tastes are very strongly perceived on the roof of the mouth, too, such as hoppy beers or tea. Sour tastes might be affected a little, but umami, the savory amino acid flavor commonly associated with Asian foods but present in many meaty flavors such as bacon, should be unaffected.
If you think your dentures might be affecting your taste, try changing your cleaning routine. If you aren’t very thorough about cleaning your dentures, try being extra thorough. If you are thorough, try going a night without using your usual denture cleaner. Either soak the dentures in water alone or use a different denture cleaner, one with different active ingredients and different scents.
If your denture hygiene affects your taste, then you’ve isolated the cause of your taste problems. If not, then it may be that your dentures are affecting your taste because they cover your upper palate. If this is the case, replacing your dentures might help, but you might need to get implant dentures so that you won’t need to have the palate covered by your dentures.
If you are having this or another problem with your dentures in Philadelphia, please call (610) 272-0828 for an appointment with a denture dentist at Dental Excellence of Blue Bell today.
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