Adjusting to Life With Dentures

Dentures can be a hassle, especially in the first few weeks. 

Many new denture wearers have difficulty eating and speaking, as it takes time for their jaw and tongue to get accustomed to their teeth. In some cases, new denture wearers talk with a lisp until their tongue relearns how to make certain sounds with the dentures in place.

At Fresh Dental Care, we want to help our patients in Houston, Texas, make a smooth transition to dentures. Check out our five tips to adjusting to life with dentures. 

1. Switch to a soft food diet. 

It may take a while for your mouth to get used to your new dentures. However, switching to a diet rich in soft foods and smoothies can help you get all the nutrition you need.

You may also develop pain in the first weeks of wearing the dentures, so avoid hard, sticky foods to minimize your discomfort. 

2. Practice speaking with your dentures.

Many denture wearers find it hard to pronounce certain sounds. Reading out loud and singing are a couple of exercises you can do to help your tongue adjust to your new teeth.

If your dentures move around too much in your mouth, consider using an adhesive.

3. Avoid going to bed with your dentures.

Wearing dentures non-stop could worsen the discomfort and soreness experienced during the transition period. 

It’s important to remove your dentures at night for two reasons: Your gums need to recover, and sleeping with them may lead to a bacteria build-up and halitosis (bad breath). 

4. Contact a professional if your dentures don’t sit well in your mouth.

If your dentures make your bite uneven, or if they cause noticeable changes in the way your cheeks and jawline look, you may need to reach out to a professional for readjustments. Keep in mind that dentures are supposed to preserve your face shape, not change it.

5. Clean your dentures after every meal. 

You need to clean your dentures as often as possible. This includes brushing them with a soft bristle and letting them soak overnight (this may also help preserve their shape). 

Avoid rinsing your dentures with hot water, as doing so can warp them.

Dentures aren’t your only option. 

If your dentures constantly give you sores and aren’t fitted properly, you may need to readjust them. Also, if you wear partial dentures and don’t have any bone loss in your jaw, you can opt for dental implants or dental bridges.

Unlike dentures, dental implants and bridges stay in place, and they don’t interfere with your eating or speaking.

Confused about what’s best for your dental health? Contact us to schedule an appointment to receive expert advice regarding your oral health.

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