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WEARING TIPS FOR NEW DENTURES

It takes time to get use to wearing your denture because the gum tissue must adjust.  

Tips about wearing your dentures:

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A lower denture usually takes more time to adjust to than an upper denture.

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You may occasionally bit your tongue or cheek until you get use to have these spaces filled

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It can take 2-6 weeks to learn how to speak with them.  Practice by reading out loud or in front of a mirror.

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Your tongue may feel restricted and want to play with the new denture but it will adjust to its presence.

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To get accustomed to chewing with a new denture, start with soft, or liquid diet with easy to chew foods.  

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Cut food into small bites and take small bites.

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Eat slowly and deliberately by placing even amounts of food on both sides of your mouth while you are chewing so as to balance biting forces which will keep more denture stable while chewing. 

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The longer you take to eat our meals, the more success you will have at learning to eat with your new dentures.

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Try drinking plenty of fluids at each meal. Avoid sticky or hard foods.  It may be helpful to chew off bits of food from the side, rather than directly from the front.

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Wearing Tips for New Dentures

 
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As gums heal and becomes stronger try eat foods which are bitten off like bread, crackers, corn on the cob by pressing the food against the back teeth on the upper denture in order to stabilize it while you bite.

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It will take time for gum tissue to firm up and accommodate the hard plastic of the denture, until than sore spots will be common during the adjustment period.

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Denture wearers often notice a slight change in facial appearance, increased salivary flow or speech changes.

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It is very important that you wear your denture every day. If you don't your denture will no longer fit due to gum tissue and bone changes.   

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The bone and gum areas will shrink or recede with time causing space between the jaws to change.  The denture keeps its shape, thus adjustments will be needed to keep your denture fitting properly

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Do NOT adjust the denture yourself because this will only cause more difficulties and what may have started out as a small problem could easily become a bigger one.

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An unclean denture is not healthy, comfortable or attractive,  see Denture Home Care Tips

If sore sports develop it is VERY IMPORTANT that you be sure to WEAR the denture for AT LEAST 24 HOURS prior to your adjustment visit! 

We need to see where the sore spot is so we know the location to make the necessary adjustment.

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