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Oral Health Care for Patients With Dentures

 
Proper care can increase the life of dentures.

The following information is provided as a general guideline. It is not intended to replace follow-up professional dental care. Should you require urgent care, consult your treating dentist for instructions on your particular situation.

  • The dentures should be worn for 24 hours after they are inserted until the first adjustment.
  • Always wear dentures at least six hours before an adjustment is made.
  • Your doctor will adjust sore spots as they occur when the denture settles.
  • It is natural to experience fullness of the mouth with new dentures.
  • Expect to have excessive flow of saliva.
  •  At first you will have a feeling of looseness, especially in the lower denture. You will adjust to it.
  • The lower denture is harder to adjust to than the upper.
  • Start out with small bites of soft food, chewing straight up and down. Try to chew on both sides.
  •  Bite anything as far back in your mouth as possible. For example, bite a carrot and bend the carrot up.
  • In biting an apple or similar hard fruit or vegetable, exert a force toward the teeth rather than one pulling away from the teeth. This could dislodge them.
  • If you are eating food well in six to eight weeks, you are doing fine.
  • You should brush the dentures inside and out at least two times a day.
  • Clean dentures over a basin partially filled with water or over a wet towel to prevent breakage in case they should be dropped accidentally.
  • To clean dentures, soak them overnight in baking soda and water.
  • Your denture should be left out at night to give your gums a rest.
  • Whenever your denture is left out of your mouth, it should be kept in water to prevent warpage.
  • It will be more difficult to adjust to new dentures if you had old dentures or no teeth for a long period of time.
  • You should return for an dental examination every six months.
  • It is perfectly natural for a little food debris to collect under the dentures.
  • Sneezing can dislodge any denture.
  • Immediate dentures may need to be replaced or relined within one year. The denture doesn't change, but the underlying tissue does.
  • Using excessive amounts of denture adhesive to retain ill-fitting dentures invites serious problems and more involved correction at a later date.
  • Please call your treating dentist if you need urgent care.

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