5 Tips for Adjusting to Life With Dentures
You worry about all the changes that come with new dentures. You wonder whether you’ll be able to eat and speak like you did with your natural teeth. You worry that your dentures will cause you pain and discomfort.
Fortunately, modern dentures are more comfortable than dentures were in the past. They also look and act more like natural teeth. Nevertheless, getting used to your new dentures may take a few weeks or months. Here’s how you can make that transition easier.
Fortunately, you don’t have to take your dentures off to eat. Your dentures can help you chew just like your natural teeth did.
Learning to eat with dentures can be tricky at first. Start out by eating soft foods and chewing slowly. Applesauce, mashed potatoes, eggs, and yogurt are all good choices. Eventually, you’ll be able to eat harder foods, but you may need to cut them into small pieces.
Make sure to chew on both sides of your mouth, giving each side equal pressure. When you chew on just one side, your dentures could slip forward in your mouth. You should also avoid chewing with your front teeth, as that action can make your dentures unstable.
There are a few foods you might want to avoid. Don’t eat sticky foods like taffy, caramel, and gum, which could stick to your dentures and damage them. Hot foods like hot soup and coffee could also damage your dentures. Nuts and seeds could become trapped under your dentures, irritating your gums.
You might notice that it’s difficult to say certain sounds with your new dentures. Speak slowly and deliberately and practice, practice, practice. With time, your mouth will learn how to say any word with your dentures.
If your dentures shift position while you laugh or talk, just bite down on them and swallow. Use a tiny amount of dental adhesive to hold your dentures in place.
- Caring for Your Dentures
Brushing your dentures removes food and helps your dentures retain their clean, white appearance. It also helps you prevent harboring illness- and infection-inducing plaque and bacteria in your mouth. Brush your dentures with a toothbrush or denture-cleaning brush each day. Use soap and water or a denture cleaner approved by your dentist. Avoid toothpaste and other cleaners that can damage your dentures. Floss or toothpicks can also harm your dentures.
Make sure you also keep your mouth healthy. Before you put in your dentures, wipe your gums, tongue, and the roof of your mouth with a clean, wet cloth. Rinse your mouth with a mouthwash.
Taking your dentures out at night helps them stay clean and prevents your mouth from getting sore. During the night, store your dentures in denture cleaner or warm water. Avoid hot water, which can change your dentures’ shape.
- Avoiding Pain
Caring for your mouth and dentures reduces your risk for infection or other problems.
Watch for symptoms of mouth infections that you can develop if your dentures don’t fit right. If you notice red bumps on the roof of your mouth, cracking at the corners of your mouth, or a swollen mouth or gums, see your dentist. He or she may need to treat the infection along with adjusting the fit of your dentures.
You may experience some soreness as you get used to your dentures. If your mouth feels sore or you develop sores in your mouth, rinsing with salt water may relieve the pain. If these symptoms continue, see your dentist.
- Adjusting and Replacing Your Dentures
Your gums and bones change over time, preventing your dentures from fitting as well as they used to. You’ll want to replace your dentures about every five to seven years.
You’ll need your dentures repaired or adjusted sooner if:
- Your mouth feels painful or sore.
- You notice cracks or staining on your dentures.
- Your dentures don’t fit like they used to.
Your dentist might reline your dentures to resurface the sides of this dental device. Or, your dentist might rebase your dentures to rebuild the base He or she can also make adjustments to ensure you don’t feel pain while you wear your dentures every day.
Wearing dentures for the first time can seem strange and unfamiliar. But after some time, you’ll become so accustomed to wearing dentures that they’ll feel like a natural part of your mouth.
If you are ready for your first pair of dentures, contact Northwest Dental Services and Implant Center. We offer classic dentures and Interlocking Polymer Network (IPN) dentures. These dentures can last up to 25 years and have a five-year warranty against cracking, staining, and other damage.
Don’t wait to smile confidently again. Call us today to discuss your denture options. Feel free to ask us any questions you have before your appointment.