10 tips for new denture wearers!

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1. Keep a healthy diet

Pick food items that are soft and easy to eat.  Foods like fish, chicken, steamed vegetables, and eggs are great options.  We recommend taking small bites to start, and avoid biting anything hard. Chewy foods will take longer to eat, but do not get discouraged.  Our goal is to maintain your overall health while keeping a positive mindset.

2. Stay away from hard to eat foods

Things like nuts, corn on the cob, and steak will always be hard for denture wearers but many of our patients learn to eat these foods with practice.   Avoiding soft and sticky items like caramels is also recommended.

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3. Keep brushing

Dentures can stain and develop bacteria and tartar so brushing them is very important. We recommend that you bush your dentures with a soft-bristle denture brush, and a mild hand soap like Dial.  Please do not use bleach or heat the dentures – they can be greatly damaged!   Always remember to remove any denture adhesive prior to brushing.

4. Eliminate bacteria and plaque in your mouth

Continue to brush your guys with a tooth brush and tooth paste so that no bacteria or plaque remain and harm your dentures down the road.

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5. Soak them! 

We recommend daily soaking of your dentures – this kills the germs that can cause bad breath.  Never use a cleaner in your mouth and rinse thoroughly after soaking

6. Take them out at night

Sleeping without your dentures lets the tissues in your mouth rest and heal from any pressure, irritation, or soreness you experience from wearing the dentures. Soak them in warm water or a over night cleaner to prevent any type of fungus or future cracking.

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7. Read out lout, sing in the shower

Adjusting to any type of denture, be it a partial denture, a flexible denture, or a full implant retained denture takes time.   You have to train your mouth to speak and function again.   We recommend reading out loud and singing in the shower.   Even if you’re a bad singer, the process will go much faster.

8. Use adhesives

You will most likely need adhesive for your lower denture no matter how great the fit is.  Your tongue and cheek muscles are notorious for dislodging the lower denture so any type of adhesive or powder can be beneficial.   Try out various adhesives or strips to find the right one for your mouth.

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9. Avoid dry mouth! 

Denture wearers often suffer from dry mouth (or xerostomia) which can lead to major health problems if left untreated. Staying hydrated is the way to fight off your dry mouth. We recommend that you drink at least eight ounces of fluids each day.  Multiple medications may cause dry mouth so we often find ourselves recommending the Biotene products.

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10. Call us if anything is wrong 

We’re here to help.   We see patients from all over the state and are happy to take a look at your partial, fixed, or fully removable dentures.   If the dentures are bothering you, simply take them out and rinse with warm salt water (1 tbsp per 5 ounces) five to ten times a day.   Call us at 317-596-9700 and we’ll fix any problems you’re having.

If you would like to schedule a free consultation to discuss your denture issues please fill out the form below!

At McCall Dentures we see patients for dentures dental implants oral surgery tooth extraction tooth pain fixed dentures from Marion, Anderson, Richmond, Columbus, Bedford, Bloomington, Terre Haute, Kokomo, Fort Wayne, South Bend, Indianapolis, Lebanon, West Lafayette, Gary, Danville, and Greenwood Indiana.   Our dentist also does wisdom teeth near you and our are dentures are always affordable.   We do teeth whitening, dental implants, tooth fillings both white and metal, crowns, bridges, emergency dental care, and work with most dental plans.

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