Do you have a new set of dentures on the way? This situation can be both exciting and a little nerve-wracking. Dentures do take a little time to get used to, but that doesn’t take long. To help you make the transition smoothly, we’ll go over the common denture problems and how to solve them.

Having Trouble Eating

If you have removable dentures, they might slip while you’re eating. With fixed or removable dentures, there’s the possibility of smaller food items, like seeds, slipping under the denture.

If you have trouble eating, there’s an easy fix. When you first get your dentures, stick to foods that don’t require a lot of chewing. Cut your food into small bites to make it easier to chew.

Finally, try to eat food using both sides of the jaw at once. The pressure on both sides helps to keep the dentures in line.

Difficulty Speaking

Dentures essentially replace your natural teeth. You’d think it’d be a simple case of popping in the dentures, and then life would go back to normal. That’s not true. You might have problems sounding out words with dentures because they change the inside of your mouth.

To overcome this, practice at home. Speak or even sing to the mirror, and you’ll soon have the hang of things.

Slipping Dentures

It’s common for new dentures to move a little. The movement is because the muscles in your mouth are not used to holding them. It’s not a big issue. Bite down so that they get back into position and then swallow.

If the dentures keep slipping once you’re used to them, speak to your dentist. The dentist might need to adjust them slightly.

Getting Them Clean

Cleaning your dentures is very different from cleaning your teeth. Ask your dentist how to clean your dentures when he fits them. Generally speaking, though, the process is simple enough.

Do brush your dentures at least once a day. Use a denture-safe, non-abrasive cleaner and a soft toothbrush. Mild dishwashing liquid or soap will also do in a pinch. Take your dentures out of your mouth and brush gently until clean.

Final Notes

It takes a while to get used to a new set of dentures. Once you have, though, using and caring for them is a breeze.