Denture Care

timthumbIt doesn’t come as a surprise that e might encounter some problems upon getting our new set of dentures. Some of the common problems we encounter include:

  • Difficulty in chewing and pronunciation
  • Sore gums
  • Slipping of the denture
  • Excess production of saliva in the mouth or in some cases, the lack thereof

Please note that these problems are very common as your mouth is still adjusting to your new denture. To help you adjust, here are some tips you can follow:

  1. Start with well-cooked food. As chewing will become a problem at first, it is advised that you eat soft and well-cooked food first upon getting your new dentures. You can gradually go back to your normal diet once you are used to chewing ith the new dentures. So, you might need to stay away from eating tough to eat foods like steak for a few weeks first.
  2. Read out loud. Your tongue might also need to get used to your new dentures so your pronunciation of some letters might be off. The solution to this is simple. Read out loud. This will enable your ear to hear hat is off and your tongue can make necessary adjustments to make the pronunciation right.
  3. Massage your gums for a better circulation. Pain is normal when you first have your new denture. This is because the material that comes in contact with your gum can be a little hard and your gums are not used to it. Massaging your gums promotes circulation of the blood in the gums. Increased circulation in the area promotes a healthier and firmer gum.
  4. Frequently sip small amount of water. The excessive production of saliva or the lack thereof is occasionally due to the brain thinking that the denture is food. Frequent sips of water help because it washes the saliva away preventing you from gagging or that uncomfortable feeling that comes with excessive saliva.
  5. Use adhesives if the denture keeps on slipping. However, if the slipping continues after 4 weeks or so, you might need to check with your dental prosthetist because it might indicate that your new denture doesn’t really fit and needs readjustment or reline.

Again, these problems only occur because you are still not used to your new dentures. But if the problems still persist even after 4 to 12 weeks, then you should go to your dental prosthetist to have it checked. Other signs that the dentures don’t fit well includes:

  • Upper and lower teeth don’t meet properly.
  • Only one side of the teeth meet properly.

How to clean your dentures

Cleaning your denture is done pretty much the same way you brush your teeth. You brush it using your toothbrush in a pattern that you are used to and rinse it with water. You can also soak it in a denture cleaner after washing if you prefer. If you are using glasses for better eyesight, use the glasses when brushing your dentures and make sure the lighting is good. To prevent damage to the dentures from falling, wash it over a sink with towel for cushion or over the sink filled with water. The water will serve as a cushion so it doesn’t immediately touch the hard sink.

An immediate consultation to the dentist is necessary when you experience these symptoms:

  1. Continuous gum bleeding
  2. Swelling in the gums and eye
  3. Sore throat and difficulty in swallowing
  4. Sores and lumps in the mouth

These may be signs of serious gum disease and needs a dentist immediate assessment for treatment.

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Health Benefits

You can smile again. We know denture wearers who've said that simply being able to smile again really helped their outlook on life.

Replacing missing teeth will benefit your appearance and your oral health.

Dentures help keep facial muscles from sagging, which can make a person look older.

You'll be able to eat and speak — things that people often take for granted until their natural teeth are lost. And if you've had trouble with your natural teeth for a number of years, you might not have been able to eat the foods you want or speak comfortably for quite a while.

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