When people find out they need dentures, they often feel apprehensive. They worry that their new teeth will slip and slide and feel uncomfortable. They also worry that people will notice their new pearly whites.
Modern dentures can relieve many of these worries. Modern dentures are custom-made to fit snugly in your mouth. Your dentist makes an impression of your mouth before giving you your new dentures. The impression ensures that your dentures will fit the shape of your mouth and gums.
But even custom-made dentures take some getting used to. Follow these steps to make the adjustment easier.
1. Use Adhesives
Over time, your tongue and lips will learn how to keep your dentures in place. But until your tongue and lips get used to dentures, your dentures may move out of place. To prevent this, apply a small amount of adhesive to your dentures. Then press your dentures firmly in place.
If you’re using a paste adhesive, you need just one three or four small dabs. If you’re using a powder, you can cover the dentures lightly with the powder.
2. Eat Carefully
While you become accustomed to your dentures, eat soft foods such as:
- Apple sauce
- Mashed potatoes
- Cottage cheese
Avoid anything sticky or chewy, which can cause your dentures to break. Hot foods, cold foods, and acidic foods can cause your dentures to wear down.
Before you eat, cut your food into small pieces. Avoid chewing on just one side of your mouth, or your dentures might slip to one side. With time and practice, you’ll be able to eat more normally.
3. Practice Speaking
With your new set of dentures in your mouth, you might find it difficult to speak at first. You may need to speak more slowly to avoid producing a clicking sound.
The more you practice speaking with dentures, the easier it will get. Before you wear your dentures in public, practice by reading out loud or talking with a close family member or friend.
4. Rinse With Salt Water
Parts of your gums might feel sore when you first wear your dentures. Rinse your mouth out with warm salt water to relieve the soreness. If the soreness gets worse, talk to your dentist. Your dentures may need an adjustment.
5. Clean Your Dentures
Brushing your dentures removes food and plaque and prevents your dentures from getting stained. It also removes any residue left by the adhesive. Brush your dentures each morning with a denture cleaner or with soap and water. Do not use toothpaste, which can scratch your dentures.
Each night, soak your dentures in an overnight cleaner. This keeps your dentures moist and prevents them from drying out. It also gives your gum tissues a break, which can help you avoid discomfort and infection.
6. Clean Your Mouth
Even though you no longer have natural teeth, you should still brush your mouth to remove food and plaque. Brush your gums, your tongue, and the roof of your mouth before putting in your dentures.
7. Continue to See Your Dentist
Your dentist should continue to check your dentures to ensure you have the right fit. The wrong fit can cause pain and might even cause mouth infections. Your dentist may need to adjust your dentures periodically, since bone loss causes changes to your mouth over time. You should also get your dentures replaced every five to ten years. If your dentures need repair, bring them to a dentist right away.
Follow these tips for a smooth transition to wearing dentures. Keep reading our blog for more top dental tips.