Getting a set of dentures for the first time may seem a little daunting, but it's fairly easy for most people to adapt to them. However, there is a learning period where you may need to take it easy on your new chompers. Read on to learn some simple tips and tricks to easily and quickly adapt to your new dentures.
Although patients who have dentures can eat just about anything, it's important to start out slow. Chances are at one point in your life, you received a dental filling and it felt noticeable and odd for the first day or two. Dentures can cause this feeling, especially since they replace all of your teeth.
While the basic chewing mechanism is the same with dentures as real teeth, starting out with softer foods that don't require a great deal of chewing is one easy way to get accustomed to them. Stick to foods that don't require grinding your teeth or hard bites, like soft meats, yogurt, cottage cheese, cooked vegetables, and soft fruits. Every time you eat, you'll learn what it feels like to bite with your new dentures, and it'll help to ease you into becoming accustomed to them.
Cleaning your dentures is something that you need to adopt as a nightly practice right away. Even though dentures take the place of your teeth, bacteria can accumulate on them that can potentially harm your gums and oral health if you don't clean them regularly. Thankfully, cleaning your dentures can often be easier than flossing and brushing your teeth.
Your dentist will explain the best way to clean your dentures, but generally, cleaning your dentures is as easy as lightly brushing them without toothpaste, and then soaking them overnight in denture cleanser or an ultrasonic cleanser.
The sooner you become accustomed to making cleaning your dentures part of your nightly routine, the easier it will be for them to become a part of your life.
Finally, it's important to learn how to speak clearly with your dentures in. It can be frustrating if you discover that there are certain sounds you struggle to make with your dentures in, like the letters s, v, or f, but rest assured that this is a temporary problem. With adequate practice, you'll be back to normal in no time.
Getting a new pair of dentures may seem a bit nerve-wracking at first, but you'll quickly find that you can adapt to them quickly, and enjoy all the benefits of a full set of teeth.