Dentures play a vital role in your health and general well-being; it is challenging, however, to adjust to your new dentures at first. You will have to re-learn basic things such as speaking clearly and eating. It is natural to feel conscious as you transition to your dentures. But the more you wear them, the more natural they will feel. Here are a few tips to help you wear your dentures with confidence:
1. Clean your mouth and dentures properly You should remove and clean your dentures every day with a soft toothbrush, and clean and massage your gums as well, before going to bed. After cleaning your dentures, keep them in a wet container. You may also need to refresh your mouth with a non-alcoholic mouthwash that is recommended by your denturist.
2. Give your mouth 6-8 hours of rest Denture specialists recommend that you don’t sleep with your dentures, so your mouth tissues have about 6-8 hours of rest every day to heal from any irritation or soreness that may have occurred from daily activities. During rest, clean and keep your dentures in a warm solution that is approved by your denturist. This will ensure that they retain their shape and don’t dry out.
3. Keep your annual dental appointments It is recommended that you visit your denturist for an inspection of your gums at least once a year. Even with prosthetic teeth, your oral cavity is still at risk of infection if you allow bacteria to build up. Your denturist can help detect and solve any complex issues early, like restoring your current dentures or fabricating new ones, to avoid discomfort and/or costly repairs later on.
4. Smile with Confidence If you have lived with gaps in your mouth for a long time, dentures can dramatically improve your facial appearance and self-confidence. By replacing missing teeth with dentures, you will be able to chew most food better, speak with clarity, and restore your natural-looking smile. It takes a bit of time to adjust to wearing dentures, but after that, your well-fitting dentures will feel comfortable, boosting your self-esteem.
5. Practice speaking with your dentures Initially, your dentures may feel uncomfortable, as if they don’t fit well. They may feel large in your mouth, create excess saliva, cause excess gagging, and your eating and speaking may be affected. These symptoms are completely normal. To improve your speech, try practicing reading aloud with different sounds so your tongue muscles can get used to moving around with the dentures in place.
Although your dentures may feel obvious and awkward to you, others will barely notice anything but your beautiful smile. For any assistance on your dentures or other teeth replacement options, please contact
our denture specialists at Crowchild Denture Clinic in Calgary.
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