7 Tips for New Denture Wearers

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The first few days of wearing new dentures can be challenging for eating, talking, and comfort. You can expect that adjustments will need to be made as the dentures settle into place. Patience is the key to a successful experience with your dentures.

Here are some tips to help you adjust to your new dentures:

  1. Eat softer foods in smaller bites to avoid sore spots and gradually introduce harder textured foods as you become more accustomed to your new teeth. Foods such as yogurt, eggs, and fish are great because they are soft and loaded with protein which is great for healing.
  2. Eat slowly and use both sides of your mouth. By doing this you can avoid biting your tongue and cheeks.
  3. Talk a lot, read aloud, and sing along to music. Sometimes speaking with your new dentures may be difficult, so practice can help. By speaking a little slower, reading aloud and singing, may help you get used to forming certain words more easily. You can also practice speaking in front of a mirror, counting to ten aloud, and using words with “f” and “s” sounds, as these sounds prove to be the most difficult for new denture wearers.
  4. Saliva will likely increase temporarily when you have new dentures. Don’t fear, as your mouth becomes accustomed to the dentures, the saliva will decrease.
  5. Gently bite down if your dentures feel like they’re coming loose. Sometimes yawning, laughing or coughing can cause dentures to slip or dislodge. By gently biting down and swallowing a few times, you can reseat the dentures. However, if the problem continues, book an appointment with your denturist at Berlanga Dentures to see if the problem can be remedied.

Remember, all adjustments are FREE at Berlanga Dentures.

  1. Rinse with saltwater for sore spots. Your mouth may be sore as dentures settle against the soft tissues of your mouth. Salt promotes healing and does not irritate oral tissue. Everyone heals differently so continue to rinse 3-5 times a day with a mild saltwater solution (¼ to ½ teaspoon of salt in a cup of warm water). If a sore spot does not go away within 2-3 days, contact your denturist.
  2. Contact Berlanga Dentures to have the dentures adjusted as required for any persistent irritation or soreness, and be sure to attend all scheduled follow-up appointments to ensure your dentures are working the best they can for you.

Here at Berlanga Dentures in Tacoma and Puyallup, we care about your teeth and we want you to have the best experience you can with your dentures. Don’t be afraid to call us if any questions arise.

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