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How do I care for my dentures?

When you first get dentures, you will want to be sure that you are taking good care of them so that the appliances will stay in excellent condition for as long as possible. This is just one aspect of the process of getting accustomed to wearing dentures.

Tips for Taking Care of Your Dentures

dentures Battle Creek MIIf you want to take good care of your new dentures, here are a few tips that will help you do so.

  • Handle your dentures with care: Your dentures can be damaged if you drop them or handle them carelessly, so be careful with the appliances.
  • Take your dentures out each day to clean them.
  • Use a specially formulated denture cleaner, not toothpaste, to clean your appliances. Toothpaste may be too harsh and damage the appliances.
  • Soak your dentures when you’re not wearing them to keep them from drying out.

There may be other denture care considerations specific to your case, so ask your dentist for complete instructions to maintain your dentures.

Getting Adjusted to Your New Dentures

In addition to having a game plan to take care of your new dentures, you’ll also want to be prepared for the initial adjustment period that happens as you get used to wearing the appliances on a daily basis. Talk to your dentist so that you’ll know what to expect.

The following may be just a few of the recommendations:

  • Start out chewing soft foods: Limiting your diet at first can help you get used to chewing with your dentures and after time you can progress to heartier foods.
  • Exercise your cheek muscles: This will help to strengthen them so that they can help to control the dentures more effectively.
  • Sing! Singing can help you develop fluidity around language and ultimately make it easier to speak with your dentures.
  • Don’t dismiss ongoing discomfort: Yes, your dentures may be slightly uncomfortable at first, but that sensation should eventually fade. If it persists, it may be a sign that the dentures need to be refitted.

We are here to help you throughout the process of getting fitted for and wearing dentures, and that includes working with you to develop a plan to take care of those dentures. Don’t hesitate to check in with us to get any information you may need for that purpose. Call the office of Dr. John Morris today to schedule your consultation.