Dentures are a great option for those who are missing teeth because they can boost your confidence and improve your quality of life. Dentures are removable false teeth that help you to eat and speak normally after major tooth loss. A new denture wearer may take some adjusting to their new smile and finding an oral health routine that works for them.
Here are some tips so that you can maintain good oral health with your new dentures:
1. Brush Your Denture Teeth Twice A Day
Just like you would with your natural teeth, it is important to brush your denture teeth. Dentures can cause bad breath if they are covered in plaque and odor-causing bacteria. The best way to protect your oral health is to brush your dentures twice a day. Be sure to use a soft-bristled toothbrush and avoid abrasive toothpaste.
2. Never Let Your Dentures Dry Out
Make sure to submerge your full or partial dentures in a glass denture soaking solution, like Secure Anti-Plaque Cleanser Solution, when they are not in your mouth. Dentures are extremely fragile and those that dry out are at risk for warping and cracking. Just like natural teeth, your lower and upper dentures need to be kept wet so they don’t fracture.
3. Stay Hydrated Throughout The Day
Plaque and bacteria will naturally build up on your dentures throughout the day when wearing full or partial dentures. To prevent these particles from accumulating and causing oral infections, drink plenty of water throughout the day. Regularly sipping on water all day long is an excellent way to keep your dentures clean while staying hydrated.
4. Practice Speaking with Dentures
New patients are sometimes surprised to find that speaking may be difficult with their brand-new dentures. It takes a while for your lips, cheeks, and tongue to get used to speaking around dentures. Reading aloud, speaking slowly or talking with a friend or spouse is a perfect way to practice speaking confidently.
5. Adjust Your Diet Accordingly
Once you have your new dentures, there are certain foods you will want to avoid, such as popcorn, sticky candy, hard nuts or corn on the cob. Most new denture wearers do well with softer foods in the beginning, such as hot cereals, eggs, yogurt, cooked rice, and broth. Using Secure Denture Adhesive with your new dentures ensures a 12-hour holding power and will prevent slipping and sliding while eating!