If you’re wearing your dentures for the first time, chances are that you’re experiencing some minor discomfort. While this is often the case with new dentures, it doesn’t mean there aren’t ways to make them feel more comfortable. Just like with any dental device or prosthetic, there are tricks to get your dentures in Lansdale feeling more comfortable.
All you have to do is follow these four tips from a dentist. Once you do, you’ll be surprised that you didn’t think of them before!
Practice Daily Cheek Massages
Your cheek muscles work to direct the food in your mouth so you’re better prepared to swallow. Therefore, chewing may stress your cheeks out as you get used to a denture. Just like you would work your legs, arms, or torso, massage your cheeks for at least 15 minutes a day during the first couple weeks of wearing your denture. Make sure to remove them for at least an hour a day to give your mouth time to relax. This will provide you more control as you eat meals.
Keep in mind that cheek pain shouldn’t last longer than a couple weeks, so visit your dentist to confirm that your dentures aren’t ill-fitting if discomfort continues.
Sing While You Speak
Music is a great way to train your speech on its own, but did you know it can help people who are new to wearing dentures as well? While wearing your dentures, try singing along to your favorite song throughout the day. Doing this daily will help you get used to forming certain words more easily, according to Articulate Technologies, a group dedicated to helping those with speech problems. Opt for songs that have smooth and fluid phrases and a low tempo.
Establish a Denture Diet Early
In the beginning, eating will be more difficult with new dentures. To reduce soreness felt early on, make sure to remove your denture every four hours. This will give your mouth and cheeks a chance to relax.
As you build a diet, choose foods that are soft but still hold nutritional value, including:
- Pureed fruit
- Fruit and vegetable juice
- Whole wheat bread
- Mashed potatoes
- Soups and stews
- Canned fish and poultry
Once you get used to your dentures, you can start adjusting your diet to include tougher foods you enjoy.
Get to Know Your Preferred Adhesive
Ask your dentist about the best adhesives and dental creams to use with your dentures. Mix and match different brands to see which one you prefer the most. While a small amount can go a long way, it’s important that you don’t consider it a replacement for poor fitting dentures. If you believe you need a longer lasting adjustment, such as a hard reline, contact your dentist.
Remember to always follow your dentist’s post-care instructions after receiving dentures. If you have questions, schedule an appointment with a dentist in Lansdale to make your dentures more comfortable!
About the Author
Dr. Michelle Ardzinski earned her dental degree from the Boston University Henry M. Goldman School of Dental Medicine. She offers full, partial, and implant-supported dentures at her practice, so you can expect her to provide the best advice and fitting possible when you visit. To learn more about her practice, she can be contacted through her website.