Dental work is crucial to maintaining your smile, the shape of your face, and your overall health. Sometimes having dental work means replacing teeth that have been lost or become too damaged. You want to be able to smile again with a full set of healthy-looking teeth.
For those who need them, dentures have come a long way in recent years. They have become easier to care for and are more comfortable to wear. But, they can take some getting used to and require proper maintenance. Here are four dental tips that all new denture wearers should know:
Make Sure You Give Your Mouth a Break
New dentures take some getting used to. At first, you will feel some mild discomfort as your mouth adapts to wearing them. So, it’s important to give your mouth a break every now and then. At night, remove your dentures and soak them in warm water or a denture solution. Next, give your gums a quick rinse with warm saltwater. Leave your dentures out until you wake up the next morning. This can help relieve pressure, let your gums rest and recover, and alleviate sore spots that may develop from initial use. If at first, you are noticing more soreness, consider taking breaks throughout the day.
Wear Your Dentures Every Day
Even if you are experiencing soreness, make sure you wear your dentures every day. The dentures have been fit to your current gum and bone shape. If you go for periods without wearing them, the gums and bone can shift and make them more difficult to fit. Also, be prepared to see some of your gum line and bone areas recede slightly over time. Since the shape of the dentures doesn’t change, when the recession gets more prominent, you will need to be refitted for new dentures.
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You also want to make sure that you talk and eat as regularly as you can each day. This is important to get your muscles and mouth in shape for long-term use of the dentures and speed up your recovery and adaptation to the new dentures.
Take Good Care of Your Teeth
Even though your dentures are not real teeth, maintaining your dental health is just as important as before. This includes brushing on a routine basis. One of the benefits of dentures is that you can remove plaque and tartar buildup more easily since you can thoroughly brush your dentures when they are removed.
Make sure you brush your tongue, gums, and insides of your cheeks when your dentures are out to help remove bacteria buildup. Making and keeping regular dental appointments is also critical. These appointments are essential for maintaining the health or your mouth, checking the fit of your dentures, and making sure your gums stay healthy.
Watch What You Eat
It’s important to eat a healthy and balanced diet with your new dentures as good nutrition will help keep your mouth and gums heal and stay healthy. Chewing and swallowing may seem awkward at first. Start with soft foods and make chewing easier by taking small bites. There are some foods that are best avoided when wearing dentures. This includes hard and sticky foods such as nuts, corn on the cob, caramel, or chewing gum or tobacco. These can not only be difficult to clean from your dentures but can also damage them. Coffee tends to stain dentures, so limit your intake.
As a denture wearer, It is important for you to stay hydrated by drinking eight 8 ounce glasses of water daily, more if you live in a dry climate. Dentures can lead to a dry mouth, which can result in irritation and bacterial decay harming your gums and remaining teeth. Make it a habit to stay hydrated throughout the day.
After a break-in period, you will feel more comfortable with your dentures. If you have continuing discomfort after a month, contact your dentist so your dentures can be adjusted if necessary.
Balle and Associates for Natural-Looking Dentures
Balle & Associates offers Swiss-designed natural-looking dentures that help maintain your face shape and provide you with a smile that you will always want to show off. Results look so natural no one will even know you wear dentures.
Another Option in Dental Implants
If you are looking for a more permanent and natural-feeling alternative to replacing lost teeth, consider dental implants. These permanent tooth replacements feel and function like natural teeth. They use a titanium post that will act similarly to your tooth root and keep your natural-looking tooth implant attached to your jawbone. Once the dental implant is in place, you’ll never have to deal with dentures again. You will feel like you have regained your natural teeth.
Balle & Associates offers a range of choices in cosmetic dentistry, including dentures and dental implants that restore your most natural and comfortable smile. Talk to our dentists to decide which procedures are right for you.
Contact Balle & Associates today at 702-919-7719 to schedule your appointment where we will assess your current situation and help you determine the best procedure for your situation, and of course, a bright new smile.