According to Boston Magazine, many adults over the age of 50 have lost at least 12 of their teeth. If you have lost your natural teeth and plan to get dentures, you should know that there is a short adjustment period right after the dentures are placed, and wearing dentures will take some getting used to. Here are a few tips to succeed with your new dentures.
1. Practice chewing soft foods first.
You may get your new dentures and feel anxious to sink your new chompers into something you haven’t been able to eat, but it is best to start slow when it comes to chewing. Pick something soft that does not require a lot of chewing effort first, such as soft veggies like peas or cooked carrots. Learning how to chew with dentures can take a bit, but the more you do it, the more confident you’ll become.
2. Keep your dentures on as much as possible.
Dentures can feel like a foreign object in your mouth at first because, by all rights, they are. However, the longer you keep them in, the more accustomed you become to them being there. Eventually, you will fill like something is missing when you take your dentures out. If you are consistently removing your dentures, it will take a lot longer to adjust to them being in your mouth. Night and day, keep your dentures on and only take them off for cleaning or as it is necessary.
3. Adjust your expectations about dentures.
Dentures are an excellent prosthetic for those who have no teeth, but they are in no way going to be the same as your natural teeth. Your dentures will feel differently when you chew, speak, and move your mouth. No matter how good dentures fit, they can slip out of place if you bite the wrong way. If you expect dentures to perform like natural teeth, you will find yourself dissatisfied with them for sure.
With a little commitment and an open line of communication with your dentist, your dentures can change your life for the better. If you are interested in getting dentures because you’ve lost your teeth, reach out to Dr. Andy Tang DDS for an appointment.