New to Dentures? Here are Some Tips to Help You Adjust

Getting dentures for the first time is a big adjustment for many people. You have lived your entire life with your teeth, and now you no longer have the teeth you were born with. Here at the office of G.R. Sheumaker Jr. DDS, we understand that this can be a difficult transition for many. We want to help make this transition as smooth as possible. Below are a few tips to help you adjust to your new dentures.

  • Diet – Your diet will likely need to change a little with your new dentures. When your dentures are new, you will be most comfortable eating softer foods like eggs, yogurt, and mashed potatoes. Even after a while, you will still want to avoid hard foods like nuts.
  • Regular Cleaning – Your dentures will need to be cleaned regularly. They should be soaked daily in a denture solution as well as brushed with a soft denture brush to remove any debris and plaque.
  • Adjustments – It is to be expected that you will need a few adjustments over the first few weeks to get your dentures fitting perfectly.
  • Rest – It is important to give your gums a rest from your dentures by removing them every night. This is also the perfect time to soak your dentures.
  • Talk More – Talking with your new dentures will feel and sound a little different from what you are used to. This is to be expected and will improve as you speak more. Don’t be hesitant to keep talking because this will actually help you get accustomed to speaking with your new teeth.