10 Nov 2017 Denture Tips and Tricks for Beginners
So, you just got your first set of partial or full dentures. Congratulations! You are taking care of your mouth and your overall health. Dentures can take some getting used to, however. Dentures feel different and can affect the way you talk and eat, two important pleasures of life! Below are some tips and tricks to make your transition into dentures doable and even easy.
1. Take care of your dentures.
Your dentist will go over denture care when you get them but here are some reminders. Remember to clean your dentures every day by rinsing them and brushing them with toothpaste or even dishwashing soap, and by soaking them in denture cleaner when you are not wearing them. Soaking them, not only cleans them and removes small particles that could irritate your gums but also keeps them from drying out. Also, remember to thoroughly brush the inside of your cheeks, your gums, and your tongue. Nope, with dentures, you didn’t get out of brushing! Brush to remove small particles and bacteria, the same bacteria that can cause gum disease and bad breath.
2. Drink enough water.
Some denture wearers complain about having a dry mouth with dentures. You want to avoid having a dry mouth because it is uncomfortable and can cause bad breath. Doctors suggest that we drink about 8 glasses of water a day for good health. With dentures, drinking becomes even more important.
3. Take your dentures out when you sleep.
Your body needs 6-8 hours without dentures every 24 hour period. Because of this recommendation, taking them out at night makes sense. When your dentures are out, your body can heal small irritations that may occur during the day.
4. At first, eat softer foods.
When adjusting to dentures, eat softer foods, like applesauce, yogurt, eggs, and soups. These foods will be easier to get used to. Try chopping vegetables into smaller bites. Try to chew on both sides of your mouth at the same time. When you are comfortable with these foods, you can work up into foods like red meat or apples.
5. Practice speaking.
It will take some time to adjust to speaking with dentures. Some people struggle with certain letters like “f” and “s”. Try reading a book out loud. Speak, looking at yourself in the mirror. The more you speak, the easier it will be. Some people have found singing helpful in getting used to their dentures.