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5 Tips for Adjusting to Life With Dentures

Ninety percent of Americans who are missing teeth opt for dentures, according to the American College of Prosthodontists. At the Sendero Dental Studio, located in Rancho Mission Viejo, California, Jeffrey Barrera, DDS, and his team, replace missing teeth with dental implants or dentures. He offers a variety of tips for denture wearers to keep you smiling.

Tip 1: Expect a period of adjustment 

Allow a month or so to get used to your new dentures. The Sendero team suggests you:

Tip 2: Ease into chewing

You may find it difficult at first to chew comfortably with your new dentures. Get accustomed to eating with your new teeth by cutting food into smaller pieces and alternating chewing between your right and left sides. 

Choose soft foods that are gentle on your teeth and gums, such as: 

Ease into eating to feel more secure about your new dentures. Your sense of hot and cold might be affected, so take care when drinking or eating hot foods. And don’t worry if your taste buds aren’t as accurate as they used to be. Your sense of taste should return to its former glory shortly.

Tip 3: Cleanliness is vital

With dentures, more than ever, it’s essential to practice good dental hygiene. We recommend brushing your gums, mouth, and tongue with toothpaste and a soft brush each morning and night to remove harmful bacteria. Be sure to brush your dentures, as well, with a nonabrasive denture cleanser. Rinse them completely with warm water after they’ve soaked in denture cleanser before reapplying.

Tip 4: Give it a rest

Sendero experts suggest leaving dentures out of your mouth for at least six to eight hours every night. This gives your gums and mouth time to heal.

Tip 5: Practice makes perfect

Dentures may influence the way you speak, especially in the beginning. We advise that you read or speak aloud in private to get accustomed to talking with your new dentures. You can even try tongue twisters to keep your speech in tip-top shape. It helps to bite down and swallow if your dentures move when you eat or speak.

We’ll keep you smiling

Sendero Dental Studio offers a range of dentures, including:

If you’ve decided dentures are the way to go or have problems with your current dentures or teeth, give Sendero Dental Studio a call at 949-204-3761, or request an appointment online

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