Tips for Living with Dentures

Tips for Living with Dentures

Dentures are dental prosthetics that are meant to look and function like real teeth but are removable. They are a great solution for boosting self-confidence (as missing teeth can make one self-conscious) and work fairly well. At Thorncliffe Dental Centre, your dentist in Toronto, Ontario, we can create a set of dentures for you that looks and feels great. Here are a few tips to make using dentures as easy as possible.

Don’t let the dentures dry out

When dentures are not being worn, they should be stored in a glass of water or, even better, a denture cleanser soaking solution. Similar to natural teeth, they should be kept wet to prevent fracturing. Dried-out dentures (whether full or partial) are more prone to crack and warp.

Brush dentures twice a day

Even though they are prosthetics, you should care for your dentures as you would natural teeth, by brushing them twice a day. Doing so will prevent plaque buildup that could cause bad breath. After the dentures have been sufficiently cleaned, be sure to rinse them thoroughly to remove any food particles that can cause staining.

Brush your gums, too

When the dentures have been removed, be sure to take care of your gums. Brush them gently with a soft toothbrush to stimulate them and keep them healthy. Cleaning them in this way also removes any plaque, bacteria, or food particles that may lie on your gum line.

Practice speaking with dentures

Having a slight lisp is not unusual when wearing dentures for the first time. It will simply take some time and practice to train the muscles of your mouth to speak around the new obstruction. It can help to read aloud from a favorite book or practice saying particular words you’re having trouble with; the more you practice speaking with them in, the sooner your lisp will disappear.

Know how to correct slipping dentures

Though they are custom-made, dentures may still slip in place. This usually happens when you make an abrupt movement, such as sneezing or laughing. If your dentures slip, it may be helpful to gently bite down and swallow. This method has the advantage of being subtle, so that you can fix your dentures quietly when out in public. You might consider using a dental adhesive. If your dentures are slipping constantly, you may need to visit the dentist to have them adjusted.

For quality dentures and guidance in using them, make an appointment at Thorncliffe Dental in Toronto, Ontario.