Have you recently gotten dentures? These dental prosthetics can improve your mouth's overall structure and let you restore your smile, but it's often an adjustment when you first wear them. That's why it's important to note a few denture tips and tricks to help you adjust and take full advantage of those gorgeous new teeth.
Take a look at our tips for first-time denture wearers to see how to ease the transition:
1. Eat a Different Diet
A different diet can help you adapt to any discomfort your dentures may cause. It's common to prefer soft foods like yogurt, smoothies, potatoes and soup when your dental prosthetics are new. You'll be able to transition back to your regular meals over time. That said, you'll want to be sure to avoid specific hard foods like the following:
- - Popcorn
- - Sticky candy
- - Nuts
- - Corncobs
- - Raw vegetables
- - Chewy meats
- - Crunchy fruits
If you're extremely careful, you can still consume these items. However, it's better to wait until you're completely used to your dentures before you attempt these foods.
2. Practice How to Speak
You may struggle to speak properly when you first have dentures. Most people have this experience, so try not to worry. It'll simply take some extra time for your mouth to get used to your new teeth. It may feel strange to move your tongue or jaw due to your dentures. The best thing you can do is practice — try reading out loud to yourself so that you can adjust as necessary.
Do your best to speak at a normal volume to build confidence. You may want to work on specific letters like "s" to pronounce them better. This progress takes time for everyone, so go easy on yourself. Soon enough, you'll be able to conquer this learning curve.
3. Maintain Dental Hygiene
It's always important to pay attention to your dental health. That said, you'll need to take certain steps to protect your dentures, too. Hydrogen peroxide-based products such as EverSmile FreshDent can eliminate bacteria and biofilm even while wearing your dentures, so you can clean them throughout the day as needed. You should continue to brush two times each day after removing your dentures to prevent gum issues. Then, scrub your dentures with warm water and antibacterial soap to eradicate plaque. You can soak your dental prosthetics in a special denture cleanser at night to complete this process.
You should also continue to schedule biannual dentist visits to monitor your overall oral health.
4. Remember to Stay Hydrated
An effort to stay hydrated will help you avoid dry mouth. This condition often worsens when you have dentures, so you should aim to drink the daily recommended amount of water to keep your mouth moist. As a result, you'll avoid bad breath and other possible concerns that stem from dry mouth. If you suspect that medications have caused this condition, you should talk to your doctor.
Even if you don't have dry mouth, it's smart to hydrate thoroughly and give your gums — and the rest of your body — the lubrication needed to stay healthy.
Try EverSmile Products to Maintain Your Smile
These tips for first-time denture wearers can help you maintain a beautiful smile. If you want to supplement your denture routine, EverSmile FreshDent is ideal for discreet, on-the-go care for dental prosthetics. Explore our website to learn more, and feel free to contact us if you have any questions about our products or adjusting to life with dentures.