Just fitted for new dentures? Use these denture care tips to ensure a smooth transition
Anyone who has just been fitted with dentures – whether partial or full – will inevitably feel a shade daunted. It may even take a couple of weeks before your confidence is restored, but once it is, you’ll never look back. Learn how to chew with your new dentures and seek out the best denture cleaning products; fairly soon you’ll find you’re thinking about your new teeth far less than before.
Partial dentures, crowns, bridges or full dentures all place demands on our everyday habits; demands which may not have been so apparent before you were fitted. Your eating habits in particular will need to be adjusted until you become competent with your new teeth.
Denture Care Tip#1: Learning to eat with your new Dentures
Start off with foods that are easy to chew, or even a liquid diet – soups are ideal (and also good for you). Slowly build your way back up to the kinds of food you enjoyed previously, learning the dynamics of eating with dentures – distribute food evenly in your back teeth and chew nice and slowly. It seems obvious, but you must resist the temptation to gulp foods down and don’t retain warm liquids in your mouth for too long as it can loosen your denture glue.
Denture Care Tip#2: Taking care of your new Dentures
Dentures don’t come cheap so you’ll want to care for them like any other expensive product. A big part of this daily care routine comes in the form of finding the right cleaning products for your dentures.
You can get whitening pastes just like you would with natural teeth, along with 5 minute cleaning products and overnight denture cleaning products. These products often differ as the metal connections in partial dentures will need slightly different care to full upper and lower dentures. You must use a special denture brush as you don’t want to wear or damage the delicate materials.
Denture Care Tip#3: Learning to Talk with your new Dentures
You may be self-conscious when talking at first, but it won’t be long before you’re in full flow. Your new dentures will probably feel a little ungainly at first; as if they’re too big for your mouth and dominating all of your facial muscles, but this will soon leave you as you become more accustomed. Take a book to bed and read aloud if you have reservations about how you sound.
Before you know it, you’ll be a carefree denture wearer and chances are your teeth will be looking better than they did before you had dentures. So be confident and enjoy your new teeth.