Adjusting to Dentures
Getting used to dentures can be uncomfortable for many people. Like getting braces, new dentures feel like a foreign object in your mouth at first. Difficulty with eating and speech is natural. But keep in mind the shock and discomfort of getting used to braces won’t last forever. Patience and positivity is key.
With some time and certain techniques to help you, soon you’ll be back to enjoying a great smile and being comfortable with everything from speaking to eating. Below are some ways to help you adjust to new dentures.
Rinse with Salty Water
While your mouth is getting used to dentures, it’s common to experience increased salivation as well as sore spots in your mouth. Rinse you mouth with warm salty water to help with soreness and prevent infection. While you adjust to new dentures, take them out every four hours or so to give your gums and jaw more time to rest.
Eat Soft Foods
It can be difficult getting used to eating with dentures, especially when you are experiencing minor soreness after getting new ones. Start with soft foods like mashed potatoes, yoghurts and other foods that are gentle on your gums. Don’t forgo nutritional foods. It’s easy to find yourself eating ice cream and puddings more. However, you don’t want your dentures to have a negative impact on your health.
Incorporate fruit and veggies where possible such as blending them in juices or smoothies. Slowly work your way up to harder foods like red meat or apples over time, chewing them in smaller portions.
Exercise Your Cheeks
Your cheek muscles help direct the food in your mouth as you prepare to swallow. Exercising them can give you more control over eating as well as speech. A couple of exercises you can try include:
- Open your mouth into an “O” with your lips over your teeth and smiling. Then put your fingers on top of your cheeks and gently lift and lower them for 30 seconds.
- Open your mouth wide and stick out your tongue. Roar like a lion to open your throat. Hold for five seconds and repeat.
Singing Your Speech
Singing is a great way of retraining your speech. It’s a technique often used by professional speech therapists. Singing smooth, fluid phrases slowly can help you get used to forming certain words in your mouth. Singing along to your favourite music while wearing your dentures can help you get used to them and make them feel like less of a hinderance over time.
Try an Adhesive
Ask your dentist about dental creams or adhesives that may be able to help you. Dental adhesives can improve the fit and feel of your dentures. Applying small amounts can go a long way in reducing irritation. Most importantly, stay on top of your treatment plan as everyone heals differently.
Well Adjusted Dentures in Perth
At Emergency Denture Repairs, our experienced team provides a wide range of general and cosmetic dentistry to clients in Perth. Whether you need full or partial dentures, we can provide the right solution for you and make getting used to dentures as easy as it can be.
We accept all major health funds and have six convenient clinics throughout Perth as well as a mobile service. Call (08) 9382 2222, book an appointment online or find your closest location.