Tips For The Health Of Your Denture!
Denture care is very important for the strength of your dentures and your mouth. For a denture to fit and work well, you need to work at adjusting to it. No denture ever fits and feels natural from the first day. Like walking with a new high heels, you probably would get some sores. Once the skin toughens up and the sore areas adjust, it all works out. The matter with dentures is similar, except they need more time for fitting.
It is important to keep the denture in your mouth for as long as possible for the first few weeks, so that your mouth learns to adjust. Keeping the denture in your mouth also helps identify the areas that are sore from the denture pressing and need additional adjustment by the dentist. It is important to visit your dentist to adjust your denture 48 to 72 hours after receiving it. You will need another adjustment about a week or two later. One thing to remember: Never attempt to make your own adjustments or repair the denture at home. Let the right person do his/her business.
Wearing a new denture may cause new sensations and increase amount of saliva in your mouth. These are normal because your mouth is adjusting to the new appliance in your mouth. The saliva increase should subside as you and your denture adapt to each other. You may also accidentally bite your cheek lip or tongue. This happens to almost everyone. Some sore spots will normally develop after you wear the denture for a few days. Visit your dentist for all necessary adjustments of your denture.
Avoid hard or sticky food for the first few weeks. Try breaking your food into smaller pieces; this will make it easier to chew. Chew with you back teeth instead of your front ones and try to balance the denture by chewing food on both sides of your mouth.
Wearing new dentures usually change the way you pronounce some words. Try to practice speaking out loud for 10 to 15 minutes twice a day. If you hear a whistling or clicking noise while speaking, try speaking more slowly, if these problems persist visit your dentist.
Dentures, like everything else in the mouth, require cleaning. First remove your denture from your mouth, brush your tongue, gums and palate to clean the area as well as increase the blood circulation in these areas. Next clean the denture using a denture cleansing paste or liquid soap with a soft denture brush. Rinse the denture with cold or warm water. Stay away from using hot or boiling water because it will warp the denture and it will not fit.
The denture needs to stay moist at all times, so at this point place the denture back in your mouth or soak it in a cleansing solution overnight. Be sure to avoid using a regular toothbrush and toothpaste on your denture they scratch the teeth and cause scratches that collect food and cause discoloration. You can use a denture adhesive for better retention of your denture. Do not use an adhesive on a loose or denture that does not fit well. A loose denture may require a reline or other repairs to improve its fit.
Make sure to visit your dentist as directed or at least visit once a year even if everything feels fine. Regular visits are essential with the goal that your dentures and your mouth can be analyzed to guarantee right denture fit, to search for indications of oral maladies including cancer, and to have teeth expertly cleaned.