• November 21, 2018

Tips for Wearing Dentures for the First Time

Holland Dentist

Tips for Wearing Dentures for the First Time

600 428 David C. Oswald, DDS

Tips for Wearing Dentures for the First Time Dentist Holland MINervous about wearing dentures for the first time? You’re not alone. Fortunately, there are things you can do to quickly adjust to wearing dentures so no one has to be the wiser. In this blog post, we’ll teach you how to discreetly correct slipping dentures in public and other useful tips.

Within a few weeks, wearing your dentures will feel more natural. We’ll make sure your full or partial dentures fit comfortably so your transition is as smooth as possible. If you have any additional questions, don’t hesitate to contact us!

Denture Tips

Getting Dentures for the First Time

It takes about 30 days to get used to wearing dentures. While it’s normal to have a few sore spots on your gums, they’ll disappear after the first month. You may also experience soreness if you’ve had teeth extracted.

Check out our list of denture tips and tricks:

  • Practice speaking out loud.
  • Correct slipping dentures.
  • Don’t let dentures dry out.
  • Brush your dentures.
  • Brush your gums.

1.) Practice Speaking Out Loud

Talking with a lisp is normal while getting used to new dentures. It will take some time for your lips, cheeks, and tongue to get used to speaking around a new oral appliance. We recommend keeping a running list of words that give you difficulty. Later, you’ll be able to practice these words so you can get used to speaking while wearing dentures.

Once you get used to your full or partial dentures, the lisp will disappear. We recommend reading out loud from one of your favorite books in the meantime.

2.) Correct Slipping Dentures

Your dentures will slip occasionally when you sneeze, cough, laugh, or smile. When you feel your dentures slipping, gently bite down and swallow. Doing this will help you discretely adjust your dentures while in public.

If you notice your dentures slipping more than usual, you’ll need to schedule an appointment with your dentist as soon as possible. We’ll be able to adjust the fit of your dentures so they look natural and fit comfortably.

3.) Don’t Let Dentures Dry Out

When your dentures aren’t in your mouth, they should be submerged in a glass of water or cleanser. While natural teeth are constantly bathed in saliva, you’ll need to make sure you never let your full or partial dentures dry out lest they crack and warp.

4.) Brush Your Dentures

Brush denture teeth like you would natural ones. If you have partial dentures, you’ll need to make sure you also take care of the remaining teeth in your smile by brushing twice a day and flossing once daily.

If you don’t brush your dentures, bacteria will build up on the surface and give you bad breath. Neglecting denture care can also discolor or stain your false teeth. Your dentist will make sure you understand how to care for your new dentures before leaving our office so you can take control of your oral health.

5.)Brush Your Gums

Even if you have full dentures, it’s important that you brush your gums. Otherwise, food particles and plaque will build up on the surface of your gums and increase your risk of gingivitis. While gingivitis is reversible, the same can’t be said once it progresses into periodontal disease. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, approximately 47.2% of Americans age 30 and older have periodontal disease. Don’t be one of them.

Since your dentures sit on top of your gums, you’ll want to do everything you can to avoid gingivitis and periodontal disease. We recommend using a toothbrush with soft bristles to help stimulate gums and keep them healthy.

Dr. David Oswald DDS offers dentures to help patients smile with confidence after tooth loss. We’ll help you explore your tooth replacement options so you can make an informed decision for your smile. To schedule your appointment with our dentist in Holland MI, call Comfortable Dental Solutions at (616) 392-2587.

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