The last thing you want is for your dentures to feel loose when you're out to dinner, or even worse they fall out. Depending on how long you have had your dentures, they can be a little tricky. Proper oral hygiene also plays a role in keeping your dentures nice and snug. Here's some things to remember.
How to Keep Your Dentures in Your MouthYour dentist should have given you instructions on what you can eat, how long you can wear them, and most importantly how to soak them and clean them. Your dentures need to stay moist. Keep them in a soaking container when you're not wearing them. If they dry out they can change shape and be permanently damaged.
You'll want to make sure that you brush them the correct way. With a denture brush and denture toothpaste. Cleaning all surfaces is important to help you get a better seal when putting them in your mouth and to prevent bacteria transfer. When cleaning or soaking use warm or cold water. Hot water can cause your denture to change shape.
Your dentist may suggest that you try an adhesive. This will help keep them in and help block out food particles. You will probably want to clean them not long after eating because some food particles may now be in or around your dentures.
Lower dentures can be more challenging. They won't feel as snug as the uppers do. Upper dentures are able to suction to the roof of your mouth and the lowers have to move with your jaw. When you're eating or talking lower dentures are mostly floating around. Try pressing your tongue to your lower front teeth to hold them in place. Your cheek muscles can also do the trick. The main thing is to remember that you will get better in time.
Keep up on regular office visits is always a good habit to be in. Your dentures should fit snug and without any discomfort. For the first six months, it is normal to need small adjustments while your gums are healing. Continue going after that so your dentist can keep an eye on your gums and how your dentures are fitting.
Dentures that don't fit correctly, can cause sore spots on that soft tissue. If you have any questions or concerns, please talk with your dentist. If they are causing you discomfort, schedule an appointment as soon as possible.
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