Wearing your denture overnight on occasion might not seem that harmful, especially if it’s just once in a while. But there are a few reasons why you shouldn’t let it become a habit.
Your Jaw Needs a Break from Your Denture
Dentures have a major downside: they put pressure on your jawbone and make it wear away over time. The less you wear your denture, the slower this process will happen.
Your Gums Need a Break from Your Denture
Dentures trap food debris and bacteria against your gums. If you don’t remove your denture for a day or more at a time, all the gunk trapped against your gums can make them irritated and swollen. Let your gums “breathe” by removing your denture at night.
Wearing a Denture Overnight Causes Bad Breath and Infections
Your mouth produces very little saliva when you sleep. The drier environment provides the perfect place for bacteria and fungus to flourish. If you often wear your denture at night, then you’ll be at higher risk for smelly and uncomfortable infections.
Your Denture Could Dry Out at Night
Less saliva in your mouth means less moisture to keep your denture acrylic supple. Your denture may dry out and become uncomfortably tight if you tend to breathe through your mouth when you sleep.
So if you do need to wear your denture all night long on one or two special occasions, you should be fine. Just make time in the morning after you wake up to give your denture a thorough cleaning. Don’t let this become a habit, however!
Ask your denture dentist for more tips on keeping your denture clean, functional, and comfortable.
Posted on behalf of:
Wayne G. Suway, DDS, MAGD
1820 The Exchange SE #600
Atlanta, GA 30339
Most of today’s dentures are primarily made from acrylic resin. This is basically a high grade plastic, but it can make noise when it impacts another prosthesis. It can be hard to ignore the sound if your dentures are clicking into each other at inopportune times!
What’s causing that to happen?
The Clicking Habit
Some denture wearers actually develop the unconscious habit of playing with their dentures with their tongue. This causes a clicking sound that perhaps the denture wearer isn’t aware of.
But if you notice and are annoyed by a clicking sound, then you probably aren’t flipping your denture around with your tongue!
Time for an Adjustment
Dentures usually crash together out of your control for one of two reasons:
In either case, the best solution is to have your denture checked by a dentist and see what tweaks can be made for a more secure fit.
How to Stop Your Dentures from Clicking
If you’re still getting used to wearing dentures, it may take some practice for you to speak with confidence. Take your time learning a new speech pattern. Talk a little slower and more deliberately than usual. You may find the clicking lessens this way.
At your next dental checkup, ask your dentist for more tips on stopping the click.
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6300 Hospital Pkwy # 275
Johns Creek, GA 30097
If you just got your first denture, then you may be worried that your speech never sound normal. But it can; getting used to new dentures just takes time.
While dentures are a major life adjustment, the good news is that you can successfully relearn how to speak with confidence!
The following tips will help.
Massage Your Gums
A tense jaw will only make the situation worse. Loosen tense muscles every morning by massaging your jaws and cheeks and chin. This boosts circulation and helps oral structures to relax. The more relaxed your mouth is, the easier it will be to speak while wearing a denture.
There’s no rush! When you take time to formulate your thoughts before speaking and then deliberately express them, you’re less likely to fumble over your denture.
Practice Makes Perfect
Practicing out loud when you’re alone is a great way to get more comfortable with tricky words. Practice words with lots of consonants like D, F, T, and V. If you’re worried about what to say to others, go ahead and rehearse at home in advance. Eventually, your tongue will relearn how to form words around your denture.
The Bite-and-Swallow Trick
One of the simplest things you can do is the bite-and-swallow trick. Bite your denture together and swallow. This helps your denture get a firm grip on your gums. Do this before you start to speak. It will ensure that you don’t trip over your denture as you begin to say something!
Your first denture may cause slurred speech and excess saliva for a little while. But with the help of your dentist, you’ll master talking with a denture in no time!
Posted on behalf of :
Prime Dental Care
417 Wall St
Princeton, NJ 08540
It can take a little time to get used to the feel and function of your new set of teeth. You need lots of patience and persistence. If this is your very first denture, then trying out these tips can help you get a handle on the new technique.
Soft foods such as:
…will be your friends as you get started. The phrase “don’t bite off more than you can chew” really does apply to your new denture! With time, you can start introducing tougher foods.
You might not have to give up tortillas or steak for good, after all. Just make it a practice to cut your food into even smaller pieces than usual before you attempt chewing them. This will spare you some awkwardly lengthy chewing sessions!
You might have favored chewing on one side over the other for your entire life. But chewing on only one side could make your denture slip. Chewing evenly over both sides of your mouth will let you make use of the full strength of the denture.
When you’re first learning to use a denture, an adhesive can give you the confidence to trust your denture. With time, you shouldn’t be so dependent upon it.
As you learn, give yourself some room to make mistakes and laugh at yourself. Practicing in the comfort of your home can help you build the confidence you need to use your denture in public.
Be patient with yourself! Discover more personalized tips and strategies by contacting your dentist.
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2717 S Lamar Blvd #1086
Austin, TX 78704
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