Denture Info & Care
Denture Info and Care Instructions
You may notice your dentures feel large in your mouth and you may even experience a gag reflex occasionally. This is a normal first reaction, be patient. In time this perception should fade. Sucking on a piece of sugar free hard candy can help lessen the gagging sensation. Expect sore spots to develop during the initial wear period. These areas are easily adjusted; call the office for an adjustment appointment if needed. Do not attempt to adjust, repair, or refit your dentures yourself. Remember dentures are not permanent – changes will continue to occur in the bone and soft tissues of your mouth that will affect the fit of the denture. This is why it is so important to come in for your regular checkups. Your mouth and denture should be evaluated and your denture professionally cleaned at least once per year.
You will probably notice an increase in saliva when first wearing your dentures. This is a normal response. For the first few days, try to swallow more frequently. In a few days, your mouth should become accustomed to the dentures and your salivary flow will return to normal.
You may find it more difficult to speak at first. Your muscles and tongue will need to adjust and learn how to retain the denture and speak correctly. Common difficulties are the “s”, “th”, “f”, and “v” sounds. Practicing speaking aloud with your new dentures in place will help restore your normal speaking quality. Try reading aloud from a book or magazine to more quickly adjust to the new speaking position of your tongue and denture.
You will not be able to bite with as much force as you did with natural teeth. Therefore, you can no longer chew in quite the same way. You must take smaller bites and learn to chew on both sides of your mouth at the same time to prevent the dentures from rocking and dislodging. Biting foods with your front teeth can tend to dislodge your denture. Avoid sticky foods. Practice is necessary to getting you back to comfortably eating your favorite foods. It is ok to use a small amount of denture adhesive if needed. Make sure that the adhesive does not contain zinc and remember to clean all adhesive out of your mouth and dentures daily.
Denture Care and Cleaning:
It is important that you take your dentures out every day to let your tissue rest. Ideally, remove your dentures when going to sleep at night. Cleanse and massage your mouth daily with a soft toothbrush. Brush your dentures with a soft toothbrush, warm water, and liquid soap. NEVER use toothpaste to brush your dentures; it is too abrasive. NEVER use bleach to clean your dentures; it will cause colors to change. Soak dentures overnight in a glass of water. Once per week, soak your denture in a 1:1 mixture of white vinegar and water for 15 minutes. This will soften debris remaining on the denture, making it easier to brush away. You may also use effervescent cleaning tabs to help maintain clean and fresh dentures. We will professionally clean your dentures in the office at your preventative care appointments. Even if you have no remaining teeth, it is important to maintain a yearly appointment schedule to ensure proper denture fit, function, and tissue health.