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5 Tips for New Denture Wearers

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New denture wearers need time to get used to wearing dentures. At first, you'll need to practice eating, speaking, and even smiling with your new dentures. But within a few weeks, you should be able to wear them comfortably and enjoy the benefits that they afford you.

If you are about to invest in some dentures, then the following tips can help you to adjust to your dentures more quickly and easily.

1. Practice speaking with your dentures

New dentures are a foreign object in your mouth. Your tongue will need time to adapt to them. At first, you may struggle to speak clearly. To overcome this issue quickly, practice speaking by reading aloud. And focus on the words and phrases that you struggle most with. The extra practice will help you feel more comfortable and confident about speaking in your new dentures.

2. Eat foods that are soft and easy to chew

Eating will be a challenge at first. You and your mouth need to adapt to chewing with your dentures. As you progress, you'll learn where you can chew the most easily and comfortably without causing issues with your dentures. Until then, focus on soft foods and foods that are not sticky or chewy. Hard, sticky or chewy foods will only impede you as learn to eat with dentures.  

3. Keep bacteria away from your gums and dentures

Although your dentures are not real teeth, they can still develop plaque. Plaque is a substance that contains bacteria and food debris. When your saliva encounters plaque, eventually that plaque can become tartar because of the minerals like calcium in your saliva. Continue to clean your gums with a soft brush to remove plaque, and clean your dentures too.

4. Find out which adhesive works best for you

Be prepared to experiment with dental adhesives. Some patients prefer powder adhesives while others prefer to use pastes. You'll need to experiment with adhesives for the first couple of weeks to find out what works best for you.

5. Avoid sleeping in dentures

Your gums and bone tissue will need a break from wearing dentures. The perfect time for this is at night while you sleep. When you go to bed at night, take your dentures out and soak them in a cleaning solution provided by your dentist. This will keep your dentures clean and keep them from irritating your gums and the underlying bone.