Today you have received your new dentures and undoubtedly have a few questions about how to use and care for them. It is very important that you maintain both, your dentures and your mouth properly to ensure proper function and oral health after you leave the denture clinic. Please read over and practice the following suggestions carefully.
- CHEWING – Small pieces of soft foods are most important for the first two weeks
- SPEECH – Speech impairment is not uncommon for the first two weeks, so don’t be alarmed. To improve faster, try reading out loud to re-acquaint the tongue and lips to the new teeth. “D” and “TH” sounds commonly require the most practice.
- SORENESS – Soreness in the mouth is common during the first 72 hours and should not be ignored. Remove the dentures. A warm salt rinse is required. 1/2 tsp salt mixed with 4 oz warm water, 3 times daily should help to relieve the mouth. Only continue to wear the dentures if the soreness is manageable, otherwise remove the dentures. Oral ointments to relieve soreness should only be used in emergency and not regularly. Adjustments sometimes are required once the dentures settle in. Call the office for a check-up if one is not already scheduled.
REMEMBER, pain is the body’s natural defense mechanism and should never be ignored or artificially masked, so call the office for an appointment or for advice from the Denturist.
- CLEANING THE MOUTH – It’s true that the human mouth contains many bacterias, and it requires frequent cleaning. Remove dentures and use a SOFT bristle brush to clean your riges, cheek-walls, tongue and the roof of your mouth. This will help immensely for breath control and tasting ability. Toothpaste can be used and is a pleasant refreshment for the mouth. Baking soda or toothpaste can be used on remaining natural teeth. Mouthwashes without or minimal alcohol are preferred.
- CLEANING YOUR DENTURES – Soap and water is an economical and effective way to clean your dentures. This should be done after each meal and at bedtime. Do not use bleach. Use a medium soft brush. SOAPY DENTURES CAN BE SLIPPERY SO BE EXTRA CAREFUL! Remember to rinse well with lots of clean water. Professional cleaners should only be used when necessary, generally once or twice a week. Smoking and heavy coffee/tea consumption will need daily professional cleaning. DENTURES WITH SOFT LININGS should be cleaned in the same way, but ensure that they are not left in any cleaning solution for a prolonged period as this may damage the lining. READ the instructions on the cleaner carefully! If you have any questions please phone the office for additional advice. Professional cleaners and denture brushes are available at the office.
- HOW OFTEN SHOULD I SEE MY DENTURIST? – Once a year is the minimum standard. This will allow the Denturist a chance not only to check your dentures but most importantly, also to examine your mouth and jaw to ensure that there are no irregularities present. The most important factor for all denture wearers is not the dentures themselves but the environment that the dentures are placed in. The oral cavity is a dynamic setting, which means that there is ongoing change every minute of your life. Similar to the body’s skin there is a constant turnover of cells, where new cells replace old/dying cells. Factors such as aging, medications, physical injury, poor hygiene can all effect the cellular regeneration in the mouth, and change to the tissue may result. Most often the dentures feel looser or sore. If this persists for more than a few days, the dentures should be examines immediately to reduce permanent damage to the mouth. It’s the only mouth you’ve got so look after it! Check-ups and adjustments can often be done immediately and at no charge.
- ASK THE DENTURIST ABOUT REMOVING YOUR DENTURES AT NIGHT FOR SOME PERSONAL INSTRUCTIONS TO FIT YOUR INDIVIDUAL NEEDS AND LIFESTYLE.