Tips for New Denture Wearers

Tips for New Denture Wearers

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  • In the beginning, a new denture may feel like a mouthful until your body adjusts to it. You may also bite your cheek or your tongue until your mouth gets used to having teeth there.

  • Expect to develop sore spots from your new denture. It will take time for the gum tissue to firm up and adjust to the new denture. Please call us for adjustments as needed. It is not uncommon to need several adjustments to get your new denture comfortable. Use warm salt water rinses to help with sore areas. Please do not adjust dentures or partials (especially the clasps as they break easily) at home.  Your self-adjustment may not be fixable!

  • Take your denture or partial out to sleep.  Tissues need about 6-8 hours a day of rest too.

  • Always leave your denture in water when you are not wearing it so it stays hydrated.  Keep it away from pets–it has your scent and they are expensive pet chew toys!

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  • It is very important that you wear your denture every day. If you don’t, changes in bone and gum tissues may change the fit of your denture. You will adjust quicker to a denture by wearing it daily. If you have sore areas, it is ok to give your tissue a rest but come see us for an adjustment.

  • It takes practice to learn to speak with a new denture.  Practice by reading out loud or singing! The more you speak out loud, the easier this will be.

  • Eating will feel different with a new denture.  To start, try cutting food into small bites. Choose softer, less challenging things to chew. Place even amounts of food on both sides of your mouth while you are chewing so as to balance biting forces which will keep more denture stable while chewing. Instead of biting into foods, try cutting or breaking a piece off and placing it in your mouth. This prevents your denture from dislodging when biting into foods. Avoid sticky or hard foods.   After you are more used to your denture and adjustments have been made for comfort, be more adventurous with trying harder foods and biting into foods and see how you do.

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  • Initially, flow from your salivary glands may be increased.  As your body adjusts to your new denture, this will return to normal.

  • Brush your denture daily with mild soap or denture paste and a toothbrush. Clean your soft tissues like cheeks, tongue and gums with a soft brush daily.  This prevents fungal infections in the mouth and keeps your breath fresh.  Do not use regular toothpaste on your denture; it is too abrasive and may cause your denture to pick up more stain with a rougher surface from the abrasion.  Bleaching or cleaning in a dishwasher are not recommended. Bring your denture to your hygiene visits at our office and our hygienists will professionally clean it for you in an ultrasonic cleaner at no additional charge.

  • Enjoy being able to give everyone a beautiful smile!

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