Dentures are a tooth replacement solution used by many people around the world. A set of dentures can allow you to chew, chatter and smile as though you had a full set of natural teeth. However, when you are new to dentures or when they do not fit well, keeping them in place can be challenging. Use these five tips to help prevent your dentures from slipping.
1. Practice Eating With Softer Foods
Softer foods are a good choice for you to get used to wearing dentures. When you are a new denture user, give yourself a few days of eating soups, stews, oatmeal, smoothies and other foods that do not require much chewing, so you can get used to eating with your new teeth. As you start to become more confident, you can start to introduce cooked vegetables, bread, meat, and even harder foods such as nuts.
2. Be Careful With Sticky Sweets and Gum
Even when you are confident using your dentures, it is a good idea to avoid certain foods. Many denture users have trouble with chewing gum and sticky sweets such as toffees. These sweet treats stick to the dentures and can pull them out of position. Try candies that you can suck instead.
3. Keep Your Dentures Moist
If you let your dentures dry out, the soft material around their base can deform. If this happens, your dentures might not fit as well as they used to, which can lead to them slipping. To prevent this from happening, keep your dentures in a glass of water or in a denture-soaking solution at night while you are sleeping. During the day, sip water frequently to prevent your mouth from drying out.
4. Handle Dentures With Care
Dentures can also deform if you handle them roughly. Try to avoid dropping your dentures or squashing them. Always use a mirror when inserting your dentures to help you gently slide them into the correct position.
5. Get Your Dentures Adjusted
If your dentures feel like they no longer fit as well as they once did, you can get them adjusted at a denture clinic. Most people need their denture adjusting at some point because the shape of the jaw changes as a person ages. With regular adjustments, dentures can feel comfortable for many years or even decades. Be sure to schedule regular checkups with your denture clinic to ensure that your dentures fit well and remain in good condition.
As a mum, I know how essential sport can be to children's development. Through team sports like soccer, kids learn persistence, sportsmanship and the value of supporting their team members. However, all that learning carries some risk as well, and a stray elbow or a ball to the face can result in oral injuries. I have been the mum rushing to the emergency room with a precious permanent tooth sitting in a cup of milk. Admittedly, at the time, I wasn't even sure if the cup of milk was the right solution. As a parent, you will face those situations, and I'm here to make sure you know what to do when they pop up. With this blog, let's explore children's dentistry and sports injuries together... I want you to have the info you need to stay cool, calm and collected, regardless of how many teeth are on the pitch.