Caring for your Dentures

Caring for your Dentures

Just like your normal, natural teeth, it is important that you properly care for your dentures to ensure they last for years to come. Here are some important pointers to help you care for and adjust to your new dentures:
Avoid Very Crunchy Foods – You may bite your cheek or tongue with your new set of dentures. For the first couple of weeks you should chew slowly and avoid things that are tough to chew, like steak, lettuce, and other raw vegetables. Be sure to steam your vegetables to make them easier to chew.

Read Out Loud – By reading out loud, you will hear any difficulties you are having with pronunciation with your new dentures and adjust accordingly.

Massage Your Gums – You can relieve soreness in your gums from new dentures by massaging them several times a day to promote circulation and give your gums a healthy firmness

Drink a Lot of Water – Drinking a lot of water can help wash away excess saliva and relieve symptoms of dry mouth that new denture wearers sometimes experience.

Denture Adhesives – These should only be used AFTER consulting with your denture prosthetist if your dentures are loose after the first week.

Cleaning Your Dentures – The best way to clean dentures and keep your breath fresh is to brush them nightly with regular hand soap and lukewarm water, using a soft bristle toothbrush. Be sure to have ample light and wear your glasses if you need them for close-up work to ensure you get them thoroughly cleaned. It’s also important to brush your gums and tongue to remove bacteria.

Handle with Care – When cleaning your dentures, it’s important to do so over a filled sink or thick towel to break the fall and avoid chipping if you drop them.

Be sure to ask your Denture Prosthetist for more details or tips on how to keep your dentures clean and in good condition.
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