Go Beyond Grin and Bear It: Adjusting to Your Dentures
With these tips, the transition to wearing dentures can be made easier and more comfortable. With patience dentures can become a normal part of daily life.
Adjusting to Dentures
Any change takes getting used to, especially when it comes to a daily aspect of your life. Adjusting to dentures can be a challenge at first but with practice and patience they can become a normal part of your routine. Here are a few tips and tricks that will make life with dentures a little easier.
Initially, there a few side effects to wearing dentures that are completely normal. These side effects include a feeling of fullness in the lips and cheeks, trouble speaking, excessive salivation, and decreased taste of foods. Rest assured that these inconvenient symptoms will subside over time as you adapt to your new dentures. You can be proactive and practice speaking at home and in front of the mirror. Practicing will help you learn how to move your mouth in different ways while you have your dentures in.
Chewing can seem like a frightening obstacle when it comes to new dentures. Don’t let your dentures stop you from enjoying Sunday dinners and brunch with your family. It is best to start with soft foods when you first receive your new dentures. Once you are comfortable with soft foods move on to more difficult meals. To help stabilize your dentures, chew foods with both sides of your mouth and avoid biting down with your front teeth. While most foods will become easier to conquer with time, it is wise to avoid things such as gum, taffy, and caramels. These foods tend to stick onto dentures and are hard to dislodge.
You may wonder what method is best for cleaning your new dentures. Dentures should be rinsed with water after eating to remove any remaining food particles. You can also rinse your mouth out to remove leftover food residue. After rinsing your dentures with water you should let them soak overnight in a denture cleanser such as Efferdent® PM Denture Cleanser for a deep clean. After soaking, brush and rinse your dentures before returning them to your mouth. Never use toothpaste on your dentures because toothpaste tends to be too abrasive and can damage the surface of your dentures. In addition, avoid rinsing or soaking your dentures in hot water because it can change the shape and your dentures may not fit into your mouth properly afterwards.
It’s time to remove the stigma and fear associated with dentures. With the tips above, the transition to wearing dentures can be made easier and more comfortable. It is important to practice proper dental hygiene and remember that with patience dentures can become a normal part of daily life.