New dentures can be a cause for celebration as they increase your quality of life and improve your self-esteem. However, adjusting to your new dentures can take some time. At McCabe Denture Clinic we get asked a lot of questions and hear a lot of concerns from our patients. To help answer these commonly asked questions, our team has put together some tips to help you adjust to your new dentures.
1. Give It Time
Like with most things, it will take some time to get comfortable with your new dentures — especially if they are your first pair. In most cases, patients adapt quite quickly to their new dentures, but if you notice that you are feeling discomfort after the first few weeks, give us a call.
Expert Tip: Singing can help you get used to your new dentures! Sing in the car or shower to exercise your cheeks and get your mouth used to having something in it.
2. Eat Mindfully
Initially, there may be certain foods that take some extra time getting used to. Don’t worry, once you overcome this new learning curve you will be able to enjoy all your favourite foods again! Approach foods like nuts, raw fruits, and vegetables with some caution in the beginning. Soft foods like potatoes and pasta are safe and easy to consume and we recommend them to anyone adjusting to new dentures.
Expert Tip: Make sure you’re chewing on both sides of your mouth evenly. Put equal amounts of food on both sides and chew at the same time — this will help keep your dentures stable as you chew.
3. Clean Diligently
Denture hygiene is very important. Rinse your dentures after eating and clean them every day — this can be done overnight. Adjust your nighttime routine to include this step as it is crucial. Depending on which type of cleaner you use, you should be soaking your dentures for anywhere from 15 minutes to overnight. Check the directions to ensure you’re following the time recommended for your particular brand. Avoid cleaning your dentures with regular toothpaste as it’s too abrasive, and use a toothbrush that is specifically designed for dentures. These steps will protect your dentures from scratches, damage, and ensure that they are properly cleaned and sanitized.
Once you are used to your dentures, we recommend that you book an appointment with your denturist for a full professional exam every year, which includes a cleaning, to keep your dentures white and in good condition. At this important appointment, your denturist will examine your dentures to ensure that they are in good condition and are not at risk of any chips, or other damage.