Your dentures may feel strange at first, and they may cause slight gagging or create excess saliva.
This is completely normal. It may take your mouth a few weeks to become used to them.
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- Start with soft foods and chew slowly on both sides of your mouth. As the weeks go by, try to eat chewier foods.
- Ease back into your regular diet by cutting your food into smaller pieces.
- You may experience a reduction in taste, but this should return within a month.
- Your speech may sound odd at first, so you may want to practice speaking out loud in private.
- You may get sore spots on the gums where your denture may be rubbing; if this soreness persists, you may need your denture adjusted, so book an appointment to see your dentist.
- It may help to remove the denture for an hour or two and rinse your mouth with warm salt water.
- Always remove your dentures at night to allow your gums and soft tissues to breathe.
- Keep your dentures moist when you are not wearing them, and never place them in hot water, as this will warp them.
- Before cleaning, place a damp cloth in the sink or fill it with water to avoid breaking it if dropped.
- Rinse them in cold/lukewarm water to remove any loose food debris.
- Gently brush them with a non-abrasive paste and a soft brush, taking care to remove any remaining debris. Try not to brush too hard or use a hard toothbrush as this will damage the dentures, or the pressure could crack them.
- Dentures can be soaked in a suitable cleanser, e.g. steradent, for a minimum of ½ hour. Some cleansers may require them to be soaked overnight. But always read the manufacturer’s instructions. This will remove any stains and kill bacteria.
- Rinse them in fresh running water.
It is extremely important to maintain a healthy mouth.
- Full denture wearers brush your gums with a soft brush and water.
- Partial denture wearers clean their remaining teeth with fluoride toothpaste.