How to Get Used to Wearing Dentures

How to Get Used to Wearing Dentures Dentist Ann Arbor, MI

If you’ve recently lost one or more teeth, your dentist may recommend dentures. Dentures are removable false teeth that can help you eat, smile, and talk with confidence after tooth loss. If you’re new to wearing dentures, you’ll want to continue reading to learn what you can do to make a smooth transition.

Don’t Let Dentures Dry Out

When your dentures aren’t in your mouth, they should be submerged in a glass of water or cleanser. While natural teeth are constantly bathed in saliva, you’ll need to make sure you never let your full or partial dentures dry out lest they crack and warp.

Brush Your Dentures

Brush denture teeth like you would natural ones. If you have partial dentures, you’ll need to make sure you also take care of the remaining teeth in your smile by brushing twice a day and flossing once daily.

If you don’t brush your dentures, bacteria will build up on the surface and give you bad breath. Neglecting denture care can also discolor or stain your false teeth. Your dentist will make sure you understand how to care for your new dentures before leaving our office so you can take control of your oral health.

Brush Your Gums

Even if you have full dentures, it’s important that you brush your gums. Otherwise, food particles and plaque will build up on the surface of your gums and increase your risk of gingivitis. While gingivitis is reversible, the same can’t be said once it progresses into periodontal disease.

Periodontal disease is the growth of bacteria from plaque that causes the breakdown of the tissue and bone supporting your teeth. If left undiagnosed and untreated, it can cause teeth to become incredibly loose and may make biting/chewing painful.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, approximately 47.2% of Americans age 30 and older have periodontal disease. Don’t be one of them. Since your dentures sit on top of your gums, you’ll want to do everything you can to avoid gingivitis and periodontal disease. We recommend using a toothbrush with soft bristles to help stimulate gums and keep them healthy.

Practice Speaking Out Loud

Talking with a lisp is normal while getting used to new dentures. It will take some time for your lips, cheeks, and tongue to get used to speaking around a new oral appliance. We recommend keeping a running list of words that give you difficulty. Later, you’ll be able to practice these words so you can get used to speaking while wearingdentures.

Once you get used to your full or partial dentures, the lisp will disappear. We recommend reading out loud from one of your favorite books in the meantime.

Correct Slipping Dentures

Your dentures will slip occasionally when you sneeze, cough, laugh, or smile. When you feel your dentures slipping, gently bite down and swallow. Doing this will help you discretely adjust your dentures while in public.

If you notice your dentures slipping more than usual, you’ll need to schedule an appointment with your dentist as soon as possible. We’ll be able to adjust the fit of your dentures so they look natural and fit comfortably.

Request an Appointment

Our dentists can help you explore your tooth replacement options, including dentures. To schedule your appointment with one of our Ann Arbor Dentists, call (734) 201-1610.

This blog post has been updated.