8 Tips for Living With Dentures


Replacing missing teeth with dentures will have you speaking more clearly, enjoying more of your favorite foods, and smiling with confidence once again. Adjusting to your new replacement teeth can take some time, but you should feel more comfortable and ready to face the world in no time. Our team at Dental Care of Madison has compiled a list of 8 tips to help you adjust to life with your new dentures.

#1 Give Yourself Time

It may take a few weeks to get used to your new dentures. They may feel loose initially as your cheek and tongue learn to keep them in place. Be patient and know that this is just a brief adjustment period, which will soon come to an end.

#2 Practice Speaking

You may notice that your speech is slightly different at first and may find certain sounds harder to make. Practice speaking out loud in front of a mirror or a trusting family member to get used to forming words with your new dentures. Try reading aloud and repeating challenging words to improve the clarity of your speech.

#3 Start with Soft Foods

Eating will take practice at first, but you will be a pro before you know it. Start with eating soft foods cut into small pieces. Chew slowly and use both sides of your mouth to get used to keeping your dentures in place. Gradually introduce different food textures as you feel more comfortable and confident.

#4 Use Denture Adhesive Sparingly

Denture adhesives can help your dentures feel more secure, but they are not a substitute for wearing well-fitting dentures. If you would like a little extra sense of stability and security, use denture adhesive sparingly, following the product instructions. If you need guidance or are unsure about which product to use, our team at Dental Care of Madison is happy to help.

#5 Maintain Good Oral Hygiene Practices

It is important to maintain good oral hygiene practices to keep your smile healthy and sound. Clean your dentures at least twice daily with a soft-bristled brush and a non-abrasive toothpaste or denture cleanser. Soak them overnight in a denture solution to keep them moist and help them maintain their shape. Don't forget to brush any remaining teeth, as well as your gums, tongue, and roof of your mouth, to remove plaque and harmful oral bacteria.

#6 Handle with Care

Your dentures are durable and meant to enhance your smile for many years, but they can be damaged if mishandled. When washing them or cleaning them, do so over a folded towel or basin filled with water. That way, you will avoid dropping them onto a hard surface, which can cause them to break.

#7 Avoid Hard and Sticky Foods

Your new dentures will allow you to enjoy many more of your favorite foods. However, it is important to avoid hard or sticky foods, like nuts and caramel, which can damage your dentures or cause them to dislodge.

#8 Keep Up with Regular Dental Check-Ups

Make sure to keep up with your twice-yearly dental exams and cleanings. We make any needed adjustments for the best fit, comfort, and function. If, however, your dentures are damaged or if you have any concerns between appointments, contact us to schedule an appointment. Avoid making any repairs yourself to prevent causing further damage to your restorations.

Dentures Near Me in Madison, MS

Congratulations on restoring your smile with complete or partial dentures. Learning how to live with your new restorations will take some time, but it will get better and better every day. Our dedicated team at Dental Care of Madison is always happy to answer your questions and offer tailored smile solutions for your unique needs. Call us at (601) 898-9390 to schedule an appointment or request one online today!