5 Tips For Living With Dentures

5 Tips For Living With Dentures Dentist Troy, MI

If you are missing several teeth, your dentist may recommend partial or complete dentures. While wearing dentures takes some getting used to, they can also restore the appearance of your smile, and help you eat and talk as you did before tooth loss.

In this blog post, our Troy dentist at Mosaic Dental will share our tips for first-time denture wearers so you can easily make the transition. For more information about dentures, we recommend scheduling an appointment with your family dentist.

1.) Don’t Let Dentures Dry Out

When you’re not wearing your dentures, they need to be submerged in a glass of water or denture cleanser soaking solution. If you allow your dentures to dry out, they will warp and crack. Full or partial dentures are similar to natural teeth because they must be kept wet at all times to avoid fracturing. While natural teeth are constantly bathed by saliva, you’ll need to keep your dentures in a glass when they’re not in your mouth

2.) Brush Your Dentures Daily

Brush your dentures like you would natural teeth. If you don’t brush your dentures at least once a day, plaque will build up on the surface and give you bad breath. Since you use your dentures to eat, it’s easy for food particles to feed the bacteria in your mouth and stain your dentures if you don’t brush. It’s also important that you keep your gums healthy by keeping your dentures clean.

3.) Brush Your Gums and Tongue

Good oral hygiene means taking care of your teeth and gums. After all, it only makes sense that you would want the gums that your dentures sit on to be as healthy as possible. When you brush your dentures, make sure that you also brush your gums to remove dental plaque, bacteria, and food particles. Brushing your gums and tongue will help prevent gum disease like gingivitis and the more serious periodontitis.

4.) Know How to Correct Slipping Dentures

It’s natural for your dentures to slip occasionally when you make a sudden movement. For example, it’s not uncommon for dentures to slip after you sneeze, cough, laugh, or even smile. When you notice your dentures are slipping, gently bite down and swallow to move them back to their proper position.

If you notice your dentures are slipping too often, you’ll want to schedule a dentist appointment with your dentist as soon as possible to get them adjusted. Dentures should be customized to fit your mouth so that you can talk and eat with ease.

5.) Practice Talking with Dentures

When you first start wearing dentures, you may notice that it’s hard to talk without a lisp. Fortunately, the lisp will go away as your lips, cheeks, and tongue get used to talking with dentures. In other words, you’ll have to retrain the muscles in your mouth to get used to your new dental restoration. We recommend reading aloud to practice pronunciation and making a list of words that give you difficulty.

Kelly M Giera DDS and the Troy family dentists at Mosaic Dental are dedicated to helping you restore your smile after tooth loss. If you would like to learn more about what types of dentures are recommended for your smile, call our dentist in Troy, MI at (248) 528-2270.