If you have a gummy smile, dentures are great products that can replace your missing teeth and give you the smile you love and miss; however, dentures can be inconvenient and bothersome at times. If you feel this way, we have five tips that can help you successfully wear your denture:
1. Eat the right foods: When you first start wearing your denture, eating may be a little difficult. To help improve your biting and chewing skills, take small bites and eat soft foods, like eggs, yogurt, ice cream, fish, and cooked veggies. Chew your food slowly and don’t eat anything that’s chewy or sticky, like caramel, taffy, or chewy meats. As you chew, use both sides of your mouth at the same time. When time passes and you become more familiar with the denture, you can gradually add harder and more solid foods to your diet.
2. Use denture adhesives: Denture adhesives are great products that keep your denture from slipping and sliding in your mouth. When you use the adhesive, please read the instructions carefully and only use a small amount. Please do not use this product to correct poorly fitted or old dentures.
3. Become familiar with the appliance: You can get used to the appliance by speaking or reading out loud. This will help your tongue become familiar with the object and learn how to navigate around the denture without affecting your speech.
4. Keep your denture in place: Sometimes the denture tends to slip when you talk, laugh, or smile. To keep this from happening, gently bite down on the appliance and swallow. This will put your denture in place before you open your mouth.
5. Make sure your denture fits: As the days, weeks, and months pass, your oral cavity will change. When your gums and oral bones change and shift, the denture may not fit perfectly in your mouth anymore. When this happens, it’s important that your dentist adjusts your denture. Please do not try to adjust the denture yourself.
Call our office today if you would like more tips on successfully wearing your denture. We are here to help you, and we are happy to do so by giving you the tips you need to have a positive dental experience with dentures!