If you have just received dentures, you may be unsure how to care for them, or how to treat them. Your ‘new teeth’ deserve time and attention so they will serve you well in the years to come. This article will help you transition to dentures, and provide you with some basic tips to care for them.
If you have just received dentures, they may feel funny right now. This is very normal, and many people say it takes a few weeks to become used to wearing dentures. Do not give up during this time, as it is important to wear your dentures daily. During this time at the beginning, the muscles in your cheek and tongue are learning how to keep your dentures in place. If you feel slight looseness in your dentures in the beginning, this is why.
At the very beginning, you may also notice that you have increased saliva or even a few sores or irritation in your mouth. This is also normal, and should go away as your mouth becomes used to having something ‘there’ that was not around before. During this time, it is important to keep your follow-up appointments with your dentist so that he or she may see how you are progressing. If you develop any sores that do not seem to heal, or if the irritation is so severe you cannot wear your dentures, contact your dentist immediately.
During this transition time, do not forget basic mouth care. Continue to brush your gums, tongue and the roof of your mouth twice a day. You should brush before inserting your dentures. Brushing your gums will help stimulate circulation as well as remove bacteria. Brush your dentures twice a day and store them covered in water to help preserve their shape.
If you have new dentures and have additional questions, have lost teeth and are considering dentures, or have older dentures that do not seem to fit anymore, talk to your dentist. Your dentist can help you come up with a plan of care that will make sure your mouth stays as healthy as possible in the years to come.
Posted on the behalf of Juban Dental Care
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