How to Get Used to Wearing Dentures
If you've recently lost one or more teeth, our dentist may recommend dentures. Dentures are removable false teeth that can help you eat, smile, and talk with confidence after tooth loss. If you're new to wearing dentures, you'll want to continue reading to learn what you can do to make a smooth transition.
Keep Dentures Wet
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.
Brush Your Dentures
Brushlike you would natural ones. If you have , 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. Our 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.
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.
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. The more you practice speaking with dentures, the faster you'll notice your lisp disappear. We recommend reading out loud from one of your favorite books in the meantime.
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 our dentist as soon as possible. We'll be able to adjust the fit of your dentures so they look natural and fit comfortably.
Dr. Spraggins DDS and his team can help you explore your tooth replacement options, including dentures. To schedule your appointment with our Grand Rapids dentist, call River Valley Dental at (616) 363-5677.