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Missing teeth can make it difficult to eat, talk, and smile with confidence.
If you’ve already been fitted for dentures, continue reading to learn our 5 tips for making a smooth adjustment. Within a few days, wearing your new dentures will feel natural.
How To Get Used To Dentures
1. Practice Speaking Out Loud
Talking with a lisp is normal while getting used to new dentures. It will take some time for your lips, cheeks, and tongue to get used to speaking around a new oral appliance. We recommend keeping a running list of words that give you difficulty. Later, you’ll be able to practice these words so you can get used to speaking while wearing dentures.
Once you get used to your full or partial dentures, the lisp will disappear. We recommend reading out loud from one of your favorite books in the meantime.
2. Correct Slipping Dentures
Your dentures will slip occasionally when you sneeze, cough, laugh, or smile. When you feel your dentures slipping, gently bite down and swallow. Doing this will help you discretely adjust your dentures while in public.
If you notice your dentures slipping more than usual, you’ll need to schedule an appointment with your dentist as soon as possible. We’ll be able to adjust the fit of your dentures so they look natural and fit comfortably.
3. Don’t Let Dentures Dry Out
When your dentures aren’t in your mouth, they should be submerged in a glass of water or cleanser. While natural teeth are constantly bathed in saliva, you’ll need to make sure you never let your full or partial dentures dry out lest they crack and warp.
4. Brush Your Dentures
Brush denture teeth like you would natural ones. If you have partial dentures, you’ll need to make sure you also take care of the remaining teeth in your smile by brushing twice a day and flossing once daily.
If you don’t brush your dentures, bacteria will build up on the surface and give you bad breath. Neglecting denture care can also discolor or stain your false teeth. Your dentist will make sure you understand how to care for your new dentures before leaving our office so you can take control of your oral health.
5. Brush Your Gums
Even if you have full dentures, it’s important that you brush your gums. Otherwise, food particles and plaque will build up on the surface of your gums and increase your risk of gingivitis. While gingivitis is reversible, the same can’t be said once it progresses into periodontal disease. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, approximately 47.2% of Americans age 30 and older have periodontal disease. Don’t be one of them.
Since your dentures sit on top of your gums, you’ll want to do everything you can to avoid gingivitis and periodontal disease. We recommend using a toothbrush with soft bristles to help stimulate gums and keep them healthy.
Our dentists in Livonia MI may recommend dentures to replace missing teeth and help you smile with confidence. To schedule an appointment with one of our dentists, call Livonia Family Smiles at (734) 525-6100.