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Myths About Wearing Dentures

After you have been fitted for dentures at a denture clinic for the first time, you may be eagerly awaiting your new dentures. You might already be thinking of all the foods you’ll eat and other ways that your dentures will improve your life. However, there are some myths you might believe which could cause you to adjust poorly to wearing dentures and damage the pieces themselves. Knowing the truth about the following myths can enable you to understand more about your dentures so that you wear them successfully and keep them in great shape.

You Can Eat Hard Foods Right Away

While you might think you can pop your dentures into your mouth and start gnawing on corn on the cob, that is not entirely the case. In fact, your gums may feel a bit sore when you first wear your dentures. Give your gums a chance to adjust to the dentures by eating yogurt, hard-boiled eggs and other soft foods before rushing to try harder foods.

Dentures Only Affect What You Can Eat

Contrary to what you may believe, dentures do affect your life beyond which foods you can chew on and gnaw. You may be surprised to realize that talking is not as easy when you first wear your dentures. Your voice may seem unfamiliar, and because you have to take special care with certain sounds such as S, you might feel uncomfortable talking to friends and strangers.

To adjust to having dentures in your mouth so that you can talk more comfortably, have some private time. Read yourself stories out loud so you can hear the sounds you make and work on them if you don’t like them.

You may also find that your dentures slide a bit when you are about to start speaking. A denture cream with adhesive is one way to handle this. You can also take your time and deliberately bite down and hold for a few seconds to somewhat anchor the dentures before you start talking. 

You Can Brush Them with Toothpaste

Thinking that your dentures are just like your teeth, you might plan to brush them with regular toothpaste. However, some toothpastes could change the color of the gums on the dentures. Not only that, but many toothpastes have abrasives that work to clean teeth, but which may scratch dentures.

Instead, follow your dentist’s directions and vow to only brush the dentures with specific solutions that are made to clean dentures.

Now that you have a better idea of what you can truly expect when you wear dentures, you can take the necessary steps to get used to the pieces and take care of them properly. Check with a clinic like Port Hope Denture Clinic for more suggestions about how to care for your dentures and consult your dentist to make sure the pieces remain comfortable.