How to Eat, Speak, and Smile Confidently with Dentures and Partials

How to Eat, Speak, and Smile Confidently with Dentures and Partials

July 1, 2023
Are you looking for teethreplacementtreatments for your tooth loss? Full or partial dentures are an excellent choice to improve your appearance and restore confidence. Additionally, getting dentures at our Dentures and Partials in Colombia, SC, will make your everyday tasks, such as speaking and chewing, easier. However, remember that it will take time before adjusting to your new teeth replacement. Here are some tips on how to eat, speak, and smile confidently with dentures and partials:
  1. Practice Eating and Speaking with Your New Dentures or Partials

When you are on your new dentures, it can be trouble for some to pronounce words. Some of these words may include the F and S sound. Dr. Cain recommends that patients look for tongue twisters online to practice challenging sounds. This will allow the patientto practice soundsin a broad range. Additionally, the patient should try to relax and speak slowly; it’s more likely to mispronounce sounds if you are speaking in a rush. Try to bite on the teeth and swallow before speaking to prevent the dentures from shifting. Always return the dentures to their position if they shift when speaking. Chewing and eating with dentures may feel different. It will take some time for your brain and mouth to get accustomed to the new sensation. Start off chewing smaller bites of food to get used to the feeling. Cut the food into smallpieces and ensure thetemperature is right. Ensure you are chewing the food on both sides of the mouth for equal pressure to prevent sores.
  1. Keep Your Dentures or Partials Clean

Dentures have to be cleaned daily. While artificial, they are also susceptible to mouth bacteria that cause bad breath, denture erosion, and tooth decay. Proper denture care tips include:
  • Remove and rinse yourdentures after eating to eliminate food debris and particles. While doing this, place a towel on the counter so the dentureswon’t break if you drop them.
  • Brush your dentures gently twice daily using a soft-bristled toothbrush and a nonabrasive toothpaste to remove plaque, food particles, and other debris. If you use denture adhesives, clean the grooves fitted against your gums to remove the used adhesive.
  • Overnight soak yourdentures to keep them moist and in shape. Then, please place them in water or recommended denture soaking solution.
  1. Use a Denture Adhesive

Denture adhesives are powders, pastes, or adhesive pads applied on the dentures to anchor them in place. There are no clear guidelines on denture adhesives for people with full or partial dentures. Ensure you discussthis with the dentist near you to learn which dental adhesives to use. Overusing or misusing a denture adhesivecould lead to consequences. However, using it properly may improve your quality of life, diet, and overall well-being. Know the type of adhesive, how to apply it, the recommended amount, and how to remove it. With time you may experience jaw bone shrinkage, which will cause your dentures to loosen. Denture adhesives fill the gaps the shrinking bone creates to provide temporary relief.
  1. Visit Your Dentist Regularly

You must attend regular dental appointments to ensure your dentures have a guaranteed extended lifespan.Dentures are porous since they are made of acrylic. These microscopic holes can harbormany bacteria.  During a dental checkup, the dentist will examine yourdentures to ensure they are in good condition. They also do a deep cleaning of the denturesto remove plaque buildup. Dental visits also prevent gum disease and decay in the remaining natural teeth.In addition, the dental visit will allow the dentist to adjust loose dentures as required.
  1. Take Care of Your Oral Hygiene

After removing your dentures, brush your tongue, cheek, and the floors of your mouth using a soft-bristled toothbrush.Your mouth needs this routine to eliminate bacteria and plaque from your mouth. When cleaningyour gums, our Dentist in Columbia, SC, recommends you use wet wash clothes to clean off adhesives, bacteria, and plaque on the gums.In addition, ensure frequently hydrate your mouth using water. You may experience moderate dry mouth when wearing dentures,which can cause gums and mouth irritation.In addition, a dry mouth may increase the risk of tooth decay caused by bacteria.
  1. Be Patient and Persistent

Dentures are designed to improve your dental health and quality of life. It may be frustrating as you try to relearn essential habits such as speaking and eating, but patience and persistence will make the journey worth it. To learn more about dentures, visit us at Columbia Dental Health Center, where we will use sedation dentistry near you to restore your missing teeth to improve your appearance.
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