Klement Family Dental
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Denture Home Care And Wear Tips

  • Brush your denture after meals, and before bed with a denture brush, or toothbrush. DO NOT USE TOOTHPASTE, BLEACH, OR BAKING SODA. You may use any over the counter cleanser that is suitable for dentures, such as effervescent tablets i.e.: Polident. Follow manufacturer’s instructions.
  • Take dentures out every night before sleep to allow your tissues to “breathe” unless otherwise advised by your doctor. Food particles, bacteria, fungi, etc. can get trapped between your gums and denture, and if left there, can cause bad breath, inflammation, and sore spots which can lead to your gums shrinking faster than normal creating a need for adjustments/relines more often than necessary.
  • Every denture wearer is different, and has different needs/challenges. Many people tend to have a dry mouth for various reasons, and reduced gum/bone which makes retention difficult. Most people need to wear an adhesive that may need to be reapplied multiple times a day.
  • If this is your second denture you will find that it is not like your old denture, and will not fit exactly the same. It was formed to fit the gums/bone that you have today. Your muscles learned to adapt to your old denture over time, and they will learn to adapt with your new denture. That will take time as well. There is a possibility you will need adhesive with your new denture that you didn’t need to use before due to the changes in your mouth.
  • Speaking, swallowing, and chewing all present challenges. It will take time to adapt to the changes, so that you feel more comfortable, and confident while wearing your dentures. Once again, your mouth is completely different from someone else’s, and you will not have the same results as they do. It may be easier for you to adapt to wearing dentures, or possibly more challenging. To help with the different challenges here are some helpful tips:
    • DO chew food on both sides at the same time while eating. This helps reduce “rocking”. It takes about 5 times longer to chew with dentures to break your food down. It’s best to cut food into small pieces rather than biting and tearing. You may find you cannot bite into an apple, corn on the cob, chicken, ribs, etc. Dentures will “tip” forward and make biting with your front teeth difficult, if not impossible.
    • Try different adhesives until you find one that suits you the best.
    • Try a saliva substitute if you find your saliva is too thin to help retain denture, and for comfort. BIOTENE makes several types of saliva substitutes such as sprays, toothpaste, and mouthwash.
    • Use a fiber supplement daily for digestive health if you have a difficult time chewing high fiber foods.
    • Talk to yourself, read out loud, and PRACTICE speaking with your dentures in place to become accustomed to them.
    • Expect several weeks to months to adapt to your new dentures. You’ve had many years to chew with teeth that didn’t move, or with existing dentures you had learned to adapt to.
    • Come in immediately if you feel a sore spot. It won’t go away by itself, you can’t “break in” your denture, and we are very happy to see you at no additional charge.