5 Tips for First-Time Denture Wearers
Dentures replace missing teeth so you can eat, smile, and talk with confidence. But it does take some time to get used to wearing dentures. During your appointment, our dentists will discuss what you can expect and how you can make this process as smooth as possible.
Here are our tips that will help you get used to wearing dentures.
1.) Read Your Favorite Book Out Loud
The more you speak with your new dentures, the sooner you’ll get used to speaking with your oral appliance. It takes time for your lips, cheeks, and tongue to get used to speaking around dentures.
While you’re making this transition, try reading from your favorite book and keeping a running list of words that give you trouble so you can practice them later.
2.) Rest Your Gums
Are you resting your gums at night? Since your gums support your dentures, it’s important to rest them at night. Your gums were never meant to support an oral appliance 24/7 so giving them a break will help keep them pink and healthy.
The only exception to resting your gums would be in the first 24 hours of wearing immediate dentures. In the case of immediate dentures, you’ll need to wear your dentures for the first night. This is because your dentures are acting as a bandage over the extraction site. Once the 24 hours have passed, however, you’ll need to take out your dentures at night so you’re resting your gums.
3.) Don’t Let Your Dentures Dry Out
It’s vital that you don’t let your dentures dry out. Otherwise, they could warp and crack. Whenever your dentures aren’t in your mouth, they should be submerged in a glass of water or denture cleaner.
4.) Brush Your Gums and Any Remaining Teeth
After tooth loss, it’s especially important that you practice good oral hygiene. This means brushing your gums and any remaining teeth twice a day. You should also floss between any natural teeth once a day.
Dental plaque is a sticky film of bacteria that lives inside your mouth. Although plaque is invisible, this doesn’t mean that it doesn’t harm your oral health. In fact, when you eat sugary and/or starchy foods, the bacteria in plaque eat the particles left behind on your teeth and gums. Then, they produce an acid that erodes your tooth enamel and attacks your gums.
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6.) Clean Your Dentures
Dental plaque can grow on your dentures as well. This is why it’s important that you brush your dentures twice a day for a least two minutes at a time. That way, you’ll be able to remove plaque.
We also recommend that you continue seeing our dentists at least every 6 months for preventive dental care. During your teeth cleaning appointment, we’ll buildup. We’ll also examine your dentures to ensure they’re still in good condition.
Schedule an Appointment Today!
Dr. Richard Neuman and Dr. Alexis Neuman have experience treating patients of all ages and would be more than happy to help you restore your smile. To schedule an appointment with one of our , call Advance Dental at (616) 956-9183. We hope we hear from you soon!