How to Care for Your Dentures
Caring for your dentures is not very complicated, you just need to be aware of how to do it.
- Before placing your dentures inside your mouth, brush your tongue, palate, any natural teeth, and your gums gently with a toothbrush.
- Rinse and then dry your dentures thoroughly.
- First, if needed, apply a secure denture adhesive, such as one from Sea Bond, Poligrip or Fixodent, to your upper denture. Using a denture glue from a reputable brand, or using one that is known to work well, is an important step in ensuring that your denture stays securely in place.
- The adhesive should be used as sparingly as possible. Start with using a small amount, and if you see it’s not enough, try using a bit more each time you put on your denture until you reach the right amount.
- Take care not to apply denture glue too close to the edges of your denture. If glue touches the end of your denture, use less adhesive next time.
- If you use a classic nozzle, apply the product in short strips on the area that will touch your palate to ensure a strong hold.
- If you use a thin nozzle, apply the denture glue in continuous lines.
- Now, insert the top denture: Open your mouth wide, and angle the denture to get it in the mouth. Press the denture gently onto your palate, and then hold it firmly in place for 5 seconds.
- For your bottom denture, just press it firmly into place, right onto your lower gums. Then, bite down gently for a few seconds to secure the hold.
- After eating, take off your dentures, and hold one of them under your sink faucet. Let water stream over them and wash away food particles. Be careful not to bend any parts of the denture while you hold it.
- Before going to bed, dentures should be brushed with a denture brush, and then soaked with denture cleaner overnight.
- If you wear adhesive dentures, take care to remove any remaining adhesive from your dentures.
General Denture Care:
- When holding your dentures, do it as carefully as you can so that they don’t fall and break.
- Dentures should not be worn to sleep.
- Whitening fluorides and toothpastes, hot water, and strong, abrasive cleansers, such as a stiff toothbrush, are damaging to your dentures, and should not ever come in contact with them.
- If your dentures don’t seem to be fitting properly, schedule a visit at your dentist at the earliest possible date.
- Always be sure to follow the manufacturer's instructions on cleaning, care and soaking solutions.
It’s important to visit your dentist 2 or 3 days after you began wearing dentures, and then again a week or two later, so that your dentist can adjust your dentures to the right fit for you.
Attempting to adjust your dentures on your own is not the best idea, no matter how handy you are in other areas. Adjusting dentures is a craft that should only be done by a professional. If you believe your dentures require adjusting, bring them to your dentist.
How Long Does it Take to Get Used to Dentures?
The first few weeks after you begin wearing your dentures, you may feel that there is more saliva in your mouth than usual, and chewing may feel different. You may also bite your tongue, lip or cheek more often than previously, and find yourself gagging sometimes. This is normal. The accidental biting, gagging, and the increased amount of saliva will subside over time, and you’ll get used to the feel of chewing with your new teeth.
If you’re finding foods to be difficult to chew, stick with soft food until you get more used to eating with dentures.
Wearing dentures is something that takes time to get used to, much like the adjustment period for braces. The first few weeks, and possibly even the first month or two, some discomfort or irritation is more likely than not.
Dentures need time to adjust to the form of your gums. Wear them as often as possible for the first couple of weeks, to allow your dentures to adjust properly and quickly, and to figure out if any areas of the gums are sore from the pressure of the denture pressing in on it.