A Denture Wearer's Checklist
Dentures are not permanent. Changes continue to occur in the bone and soft tissues of your mouth.
Your initial adjustment period
- Leave dentures in for the first 24 hour period you will be scheduled for a 24 hours post insertion appointment.
- Feelings of fullness and increased salivation will decrease with time.
- Sucking on a piece of hard candy may help gagging sensation.
- Expect sore spots to develop during this initial adjustment period.
- Adjusting takes time read out loud to speed up the process.
- Muscles will need to be re–educated so they will retain the denture.
- The feeling of crowding of the tongue will decrease with time.
- Cut up food into small bite–sized pieces.
- Eating with food on both sides or your mouth may be helpful.
- Biting foods with your front teeth will tend to dislodge dentures and the underlying tissues.
- Avoid sticky foods.
Cleaning your mouth and your dentures
- Cleanse and massage your gums daily with a soft toothbrush.
- Brush dentures with a soft tooth brush and ordinary facial soap.
- Never use toothpaste to brush your dentures it is too abrasive.
- Soak dentures overnight in a commercial denture soaking solution.
- Do leave your dentures out at night while you sleep.
- Only use denture adhesives if your dentist so advises.
- Never attempt to adjust, repair, or re–fit your denture yourself.
- Do come in for regular checkups.