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9 tips on looking after your dentures and your mouth

Thursday, 27 September 2018
9 tips on looking after your dentures and your mouth

Dentures are moulded to fit to your mouth, but they can feel uncomfortable for a few weeks as you get used to them. A little soreness can be expected as well, but it can be hard to work out if what you're feeling is normal or not.

Your mouth might make more saliva. Your dentures might slip around a bit giving you a few sore spots. Your facial muscles and tongue may take some time to adjust. Talking may be a bit more difficult with new dentures.

You may also find that the ability to chew food will mean some foods will taste differently. Learning to chew and eat with your new dentures will also take some time to adapt to. So it's important to start with soft foods until you feel comfortable eating solid foods again.

We've prepared the tips below to help you adjust to life with new dentures. 

 

How dentures should feel and sit

 Some people find speech difficult with new upper dentures and that they may have a lisp. This is natural as the tongue feels restricted initially. We suggest you read aloud to yourself and after a while the lisp will go.

 If you have a full lower denture you will find the denture tends to move. Be patient and persist as you need to develop tongue control to help seat the denture. You can use a denture adhesive in the interim. 

• Do not wear dentures at night.

 

Using denture adhesives

 

Denture adhesive can help hold your dentures in place.

 

A denture adhesive is a non-toxic, water soluble material that is placed between the denture and your gums to help hold the dentures in place. This reduces the dentures slipping and moving when you do things like eat and speak. Adhesives can come in cream and powder form.

Denture adhesives can help:

• You to bite more strongly, especially into more solid foods. This helps increase people's confidence when eating and enjoyment in their food.

 People who suffer from dry mouth which can cause dentures to slip and move around more.

• Give people who do a lot of public speaking or singing extra confidence that their denture is held in place.


Tips for eating with new dentures

 

Start with soft foods like purees and soft foods like soup.

 

• When you first eat with your new denture, start with soft foods. Some people find a liquid diet that includes purees, and soft foods like soup, boiled eggs, and lightly cooked vegetables easier to eat.

• When you're ready for solid foods, start by cutting up your food into tiny pieces. Slice fresh fruits and veggies into very thin slices or chop them into tiny pieces.

 It can be hard to chew red meats as the meat tends to be tougher. So you might want to try stewed or slow-cooked meats that are more tender, or swap red meats with chicken, fish and eggs.


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Some foods like whole grain bread and cereals may stick to your teeth, so eat them with water to make them easier to chew and swallow.

 Be careful with hot foods. You won't be able to judge temperatures as easily due to the insulating quality of the denture so can risk burning your mouth.

 Take small bites and chew slowly and thoroughly before you swallow. If you have natural teeth, try to bite with them rather than the artificial ones.

 If possible, chew on both sides at the same time. This will help keep your dentures more stable while you eat.

 Place food on the smaller teeth before the molars.

Still be careful when you eat whole fresh fruits like apples, hard crusty bread, tough red meat, and chewy or sticky foods.

 Try to use your pointy teeth (not front teeth) when biting into an apple or hard foods.

 Denture adhesives help hold your dentures in place and may help for eating foods that need a strong bite, but you may wish to avoid very hard or sticky foods.

Once you have adjusted to your dentures, you should be able to eat most foods. However it's a good idea to still be careful when you eat whole fresh fruits like apples, hard crusty bread, tough red meats, and chewy or sticky foods.

 

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Quick denture tips

  • 1. Clean your dentures daily.
  • 2. Remove dentures and soak overnight.
  • 3. If you notice ‘tartar’ a firm creamy coloured deposit on your denture, try soaking it in 1 part vinegar to 4 parts water.
  • 4. It is OK to let your denture dry out. Bacteria live in moisture.
  • 5. Brush inside your mouth each morning.
  • 6. New dentures often need minor adjustment. If you feel sore, contact the clinic. Wear the denture for 4 hours prior to your visit to allow accurate adjustments.
  • 7. Do not repair the denture yourself.
  • 8. For loose or painful dentures, see your dentist.
  • 9. Schedule regular dental check ups. Call Inspiro on 9028 0153.

 

Speaking with dentures

 

Speaking with dentures

 

When we speak, the sound travels to our ears through vibrations in the bones of our jaw and skull. Wearing dentures may change and increase the sound. This is more noticeable to you than to people you are speaking to.

If your dentures click when you speak, try speaking more slowly. This will help reduce movements that raise and/or move your lower denture.

Some people find speech difficult with new upper dentures and that they may have a lisp. This is natural as the tongue feels restricted initially. We suggest you read aloud to yourself and after a while the lisp will go.

To help you speak more confidently with your dentures, try:

• Biting and swallowing before speaking. This helps place your dentures in position so you can speak more clearly.

• Practising reading aloud.

• Using a denture adhesive to help keep your dentures in place and help you speak more easily.


Cleaning your dentures

 

Soaking dentures overnight

 

Remove and rinse your denture after meals. If this isn't possible, make sure to rinse and brush them at least once a day with a non-abrasive denture cleanser. If you use denture adhesive, make sure you clean the grooves of the dentures that fit against your gums to remove any adhesive left there.

• If you use a denture adhesive, clean any leftover adhesive from your gums.

Use a soft bristled brush to brush any natural teeth, clean your tongue, cheeks and the roof of your mouth.

• Soak dentures overnight  in a solution recommended by your dentist.

 

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When cleaning your dentures, do not use these products which can damage your dentures:

  • Whitening toothpaste which can be very harsh.
  • Abrasive cleaning items like hard bristled brushes.
  • Products with bleach which weaken dentures and change their colour.
  • Hot water, which could warp your dentures.

 

Handling and storing your dentures

 

Always rinse your dentures thoroughly.

 

• Always rinse your dentures thoroughly to make sure you remove any cleansing solution, before putting them back in your mouth. The cleansing solution chemicals may be harmful if swallowed, causing vomiting, pain or burns.

• Be sure you don't bend or damage the plastic or clasps when cleaning.

 Dentures can break easily if dropped, so place a towel on the counter or sink or or fill your sink up with water if you are in the bathroom.

• Keep your dentures in room temperature water or in a denture solution when you are not wearing them.

 

Need new dentures or dental advice?


Our dental specialists can help fit you with new dentures, repair dentures and give you advice on your dentures and oral health. Call us on 9028 0153 for an appointment.

 

Inspiro provides a public (no-fee or low-fee) dental service. 
Call 9028 0153.


Our six chair dental clinic offers quality, affordable dental care for the whole family. Help keep your family's teeth healthy and happy with high quality, affordable dental care from Inspiro. We welcome everyone, including those with or without health care and pensioner concession cards and private health insurance (we offer on the spot claims).

Inspiro provides a public (no-fee or low-fee) dental service for:

  • Pensioners, Concession and Health Care card holders and their dependants
  • All children aged 12 years and under

 

Our dental services include:

  • Emergency care
  • Check-ups, cleaning and preventative care
  • General care
  • Dentures
  • Advice for healthy teeth
  • Referrals to specialist care

 

We also offer a private (fee-paying) dental service with no wait-list


We offer a 10% discount off our private dental services for seniors, health care and pensioner concession card holders (not including dentures, crowns and bridges).


Everyone is welcome. Call us on 9028 0153