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How to Adjust to Life with Dentures

Dentures aren’t an inevitable part of aging. In fact, teeth are meant to last a lifetime. Unfortunately, 40 million Americans are toothless. About 30% of them are over the age of 65, but age isn’t the only factor. You can lose teeth to disease or trauma as well. And when you do, dentures are often the best treatment to restore your smile.

Our team of expert dentists at ToothDocs led by Dr. Steven Kauftheil is here to give you the support and advice you need to make a seamless transition into denture wearing. Take a look at these adjustment tips and tricks. 

Take it one day at a time

There was a time when talking and chewing came naturally — you never had to think twice about them. With dentures, that all changes. 

Talking and chewing can become extremely frustrating, embarrassing, laborious tasks with a foreign object in your mouth. Fortunately, these stumbling blocks aren’t permanent. With a little practice and a lot of patience, you’ll find yourself getting better and more confident talking and chewing with dentures. 

Don’t ignore soreness

As you adjust, it’s natural that you’ll experience soreness and tenderness. Don’t let the discomfort deter you. Schedule an appointment with us to readjust your dentures, or take a break from them every few hours. Doing so will help your mouth get used to dentures slowly and may help you feel less pain. 

Try to stay healthy

It can be tempting to eat softer, processed foods as you adjust to dentures, but we strongly encourage you to eat as nutritiously as possible. Take smaller, easier-to-chew bites, and work your way up to the tougher foods, like red meat and apples. 

Try singing

You read that right. Many speech therapists recommend singing as a way to help you get used to talking with dentures. Belting out a few fluid phrases while listening to your favorite songs can help improve the way you form certain words when talking normally. 

Move your muscles

Exercising your facial muscles, that is. Your face contains multiple muscles that need exercises just like any other muscle in your body, especially when you’re adapting to life with dentures. Moving your facial muscles to strengthen your jaw and cheek muscles is a great way to help you have more control while you’re eating with dentures. 

Ask about adhesives

For most, saliva does a great job keeping dentures securely in place. If you’re struggling with your dentures, talk to us about adhesives to give you a bit more stability. We never recommend using adhesive to force ill-fitting dentures to stay put. Let us know about any comfort or fit problems, and we’ll help you address them. 

Follow care instructions carefully

Sometimes, you get your dentures shortly after having a tooth extracted, which can make the adjustment process even longer. It’s important that you follow all post-op care instructions and alert us to any significant problems in the healing process. 

Keep up your oral health routine

They might not be real teeth, but that doesn’t mean you can neglect your oral health. Dentures come with their own set of care instructions, and adhering to them is crucial to the adjustment phase and long-term success. 

We recommend that you brush your dentures daily as you would normal teeth. Handle them carefully, and always let them soak in an approved cleaning solution overnight to clear bacteria, minimize plaque buildup, and help your dentures keep their shape. 

It’s also best to avoid extremely hot beverages as they might compromise the shape of your dentures. 

Perhaps the most important part of your oral health routine is to schedule and maintain regular appointments with our dentists, especially during the first few months of wearing your dentures. We can help you make adjustments as needed and spot warning signs of oral health problems, stopping them before they progress. 

If you have concerns about your dentures, don’t hesitate to request an appointment online or over the phone at any one of our three New York-area locations.

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