New Denture Tips:
Information for New Denture Wearers

You Can Smile Again

So you are now one of the millions of people in this country who wear dentures. Need some new denture tips? You may have some anxiety and worry but there are really no major problems that you are likely to encounter. There will be some minor annoyances and adjustments. In the near future your new dentures will provide you with a healthier mouth and probably a better appearance.

You will find that your new teeth will be as lifelike as your dentist knows how to make them. The teeth used have been selected to match the shape, color and size of your natural teeth. Occasionally some minor changes are made to help improve your appearance. Incidentally, you may not want to insist on extremely white teeth. The goal to aim for is a natural look and few people have natural teeth that are bright white.

Getting Used to Dentures

When your new dentures are in place, your first impression will be that you have quite a mouthful. You may feel that your face looks "full" and the teeth may actually seem to be longer that they should. Your lips might seem out of place and your tongue will probably feel crowded. In addition, your salivary glands will appear to be working overtime and the increased saliva will be noticed.

You will find that your mouth muscles are good at adapting and they will adjust to the new dentures. What you must do, though, is learn the trick of controlling your dentures and you can learn easily - with persistence and patience.

Be Patient

New denture tips are helpful but there are no lessons or books; you simply must wear your dentures constantly. You will learn to master them and the more you want to learn the faster the process. In some ways it's like learning to drive. Some people learn without difficulty and some have a little trouble. Everybody can learn though. With daily practice, you will learn too.

Practice Talking

Some patients find it difficult to speak clearly and distinctly. For the most part, they have a tendency to lisp. This is caused by the dentures having altered the shape of the mouth. As soon as your tongue, lips and cheeks become accustomed, speech returns to normal. Another of the new denture tips is to practice talking in front of a mirror or simply reading aloud to yourself for a few minutes each day until you feel comfortable.

Learning To Eat

You should be able to eat most of your normal diet within a few weeks. In the beginning, though, start with soft, easily managed food. For example, chopped meat and tender vegetables are best. Take small bites and chew gently and thoroughly. Be sure you don't get into the habit of chewing on only one side of the mouth. Begin by placing half of each mouthful on one side and the other half on the other side. You can distribute the pressure more evenly this way and it helps one to learn to eat more easily.

When it comes to eating hard foods such as apples or corn on the cob, here is one of the best new denture tips you can try to. When you bite with natural teeth there is a tendency to pull forward. With your dentures, develop the habit of pushing back a little, especially when you are eating something like corn on the cob. Pushing back as you bite helps produce the leverage needed to keep your dentures in place.

Sleeping With Dentures

It is quite common for people to wear their dentures all the time. If you grind your teeth while you sleep, you will wake up with a sore mouth and it would be best if you didn't wear your dentures at night. On the other hand, sleeping without teeth may cause your facial muscles to ache. If you do sleep with dentures in place, don't be surprised if you find them on your pillow in the morning. It won't happen often but it may in the beginning. You will find you adjust to what is best for you rather quickly. For more information on this go to the Denture Care section.

Sore Spots

Some discomfort is to be expected until your gums grow accustomed to their new task. If a sore spot develops, contact your dentist. They can relieve it promptly. Another of the new denture tips is if you feel the sore spot during a holiday or weekend, just try to leave the denture out for a bit to lessen the irritation.

Any denture will gradually loosen and this may cause sore spots to develop.

Keep Dentures Clean

Just as stains and tartar can build up on natural teeth, so they can on dentures. Clean your dentures every day to keep them natural looking and odor-free. Another of my new denture tips is really a few safety rules. When handling your denture, be sure to do so over water or a towel to cushion the fall of you should drop them. When not wearing the denture, keep it immersed in water to prevent it from drying out.

Keep Visiting Your Dentist

Even though you no longer have teeth, you still have gums. Your gums and jaw bone will continue to recede once the natural teeth are gone. Because of this your dentures will eventually feel more loose and may need to be relined by your dentist. Your dentist is the only one qualified to do this. You will see over the counter products for do-it-yourself relines and repairs. By using these you run the risk of damaging your gum ridges and throwing your bite out of alignment.

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