While dentures can help to make your face look fuller and make you feel more confident, you need to make sure you know how to properly take care of them. If you’re a first-time denture wearer, then here are a few things you should know.
Eat Softer Foods
Harder foods like nuts and corn on the cob can be difficult for denture wearers to eat. Avoid eating sticky foods, as they often stick to the dentures and cause staining. Also, avoid chewy or sticky foods like caramel, and lean towards healthier options that won’t cause discomfort.
Keep Brushing Your Teeth
While your dentures aren’t your original teeth, it’s still important that you keep brushing them as if they were. Like natural teeth, dentures are vulnerable to staining, developing tartar and bacteria. Before using a soft-bristle toothbrush, rinse off any traces of food from the dentures. Use mild hand soap and warm water to brush away any residue, making sure to avoid any bleaching products.
Soak Your Dentures
To get rid of food particles, plaque and bacteria, soak your dentures daily in a non-abrasive cleaning solution. Doing this not only kills germs that can cause tooth decay or gum disease, but also any germs that cause bad breath. As denture cleansers or residue should never make contact with your mouth, wash your dentures thoroughly before inserting them.
Take a Break
You don’t need to sleep with your dentures in your mouth. It’s crucial that you take breaks and remove them at night, as you’re mouth will be able to heal from any pressure, soreness or irritation felt throughout the day. While you’re sleeping, have the dentures soaking in warm water or an approved denture solution overnight. This will keep them from drying out and maintain their shape.
While many can adjust quickly to wearing dentures, others have trouble, going weeks without being able to talk properly. It’s essential that you keep trying to learn to talk with your dentures in, whether you talk to others or simply read aloud to yourself. To get the hang of it, you need to keep talking.
It can talk a lot of time and effort to get your dentures situated, but the effort can feel wasted if they don’t fit properly. It’s important that they sit in your mouth comfortably or you can develop sores and discomfort. For the perfect fit, as you specialist about adhesives. Not only do they help mould your dentures to your mouth, but they also prevent food particles from getting between the dentures and your gums.
It’s common for denture wearers to experience dry mouth, which can cause irritation to the mouth and gums as well as promote bacterial decay. If left untreated, dry mouth can lead to major health issues, so it’s important to stay hydrated by drinking enough water throughout the day.
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