When you are about to get your first set or a replacement set of dentures, you might feel anxious about how they will feel and look on you. New dentures take a little bit of adjustment, and the best way to adjust to them is to start using them right away. These five tips will help you to adjust to dentures and build your confidence while wearing them.
A big part of how to adjust to dentures is speaking with them. The dentures might feel different to your tongue, which could cause you to move your tongue and lips differently as you talk. Practice speaking out loud after getting your dentures. You could talk aloud as you do household tasks or read a book out loud in order to practice making different sounds with the dentures in your mouth. Say some tongue twisters. Work on your speed, seeing if you can say them just a bit faster each time.
Wear Them All Day
It might be tempting to only wear your new dentures for a short time, especially if they feel strange to you. However, taking the dentures out will only prolong the adjustment period. Put in your dentures as soon as you get up in the morning. Wear them all day and take them out to clean them before you go to bed. The more you wear the dentures, the easier it will be to adjust to them.
Go Easy On Your First Day
On your first day with new dentures, give yourself some grace. If you have social plans, make sure that you can take a break from smiling or talking after half an hour. Your first day with a new set of dentures is not the day to practice with the choir for two hours. Give your facial muscles a break after singing or talking for 15 to 20 minutes. If your gum tissue feels sore, do a saltwater gargle.
Ease Into Your Usual Diet
Avoid trying to eat a steak dinner as soon as you get a set of dentures. Eat softer foods for a day or two, then ease into your usual diet. Some nutritious foods that will be gentle to your gum tissue include:
- Mashed sweet potatoes
- Cream of wheat or cooked oatmeal
- Cream of potato or tomato soup
- Biscuits with gravy
- Yogurt or smoothies
Chew Slowly and Carefully
When you have progressed into your usual diet, take the time to chew your food slowly and carefully. Avoid only chewing on one side of your mouth. Take small bites of food and distribute the food evenly across both sides of your mouth. This will help to reduce stress on your gum tissue and jaws. Cut food into thin slices or small bites in order to reduce the amount of chewing that you need to do. Careful chewing helps to reduce denture slipping.