When you start to wear your denture you will have to learn many new things about your mouth – and about eating. Some people take longer than the others to learn these facts, usually because lack of patience or lack of cooperation with the denturist in overcoming minor difficulties as they appear. Your denturist cannot supply this patience and cooperation; that is up to you alone.
Bear in mind: Success in wearing a denture depends more upon yourself than upon any other thing. If you approach the matter with determination, you will be surprised at the short time it will take you to achieve mastery.
You might look at it this way: Your new denture will be about as serviceable to you as a new piano on which you have never taken a lesson. You must learn to play it before it affords you any pleasure.
No harm will be done by trying to eat with your new denture from the start, provided you will not become discouraged by your first failures. The chances are that you will not eat with your usual satisfaction at the beginning. Very few do until they become more experienced.
To help you get off to the right start and speed the day when you will get pleasure and comfort from your denture, read “Ten Rules for Denture Wearers”. Read these and follow them – with care and patience. If you do, your success will be almost certain.
Denture powder and adhesive creams are to give you the comfort and confidence you need. They provide instant suction and produce an adhesive and elastic cushion which protects the gums against painful pressure when biting or chewing. In addition, it will give you confidence until you have mastered the art of wearing your denture.
- Learning to wear a denture takes time. Follow your deturist’s advice and don’t become discouraged. Don’t listen to friends, who tell you how easy it was for them. They either bragging or their memories are poor.
- A full lower denture usually takes four times as long to master as a full upper. Be patient; don’t worry if your tongue feels strange or restricted. It will soon accustom itself to the new position.
- The longer you take for a meal, the quicker you will master your denture.
- Don’t take large bites at first. Cut all foods into small portions.
- You will experience some pain and discomfort. When sore spots develop on the gums, visit your denturist for relief.
- Eat only soft food for the first few days, then, as you progress to more solid foods, chew slowly and evenly so that you grow accustomed to managing your denture, and to the pressure on the gums when biting.
- If you have a tendency to slur your words or your speech seems difficult, practice speaking before a mirror.
An unclean denture is never a comfortable one. Clean your denture every morning and night with safe denture cleanser.
- Wear your denture continually, even overnight if your denturist so advises.
- Remember your gum tissues change, you denture does not. It is important that you visit your denturist regularly for a complete denture check up. It may in time be as important to get a new denture as it was to have had the original one made.
The result is that after some time the dentures that originally fitted so well have become loose. This is not your denturist’s fault, but he can often help you by relining or rebasing your dentures, thereby prolonging their usefulness. Where the change has been extreme, however, completely new dentures may be indicated in order to restore and preserve the normal facial appearance.
When a denture is first constructed it fits well. The gums are flush with the inside surface of the denture – pressure is evenly distributed – chewing action should be uniform and without discomfort.
After the gums have shrunk the same denture doesn’t fit the same. Because they are no longer flush with the inside of the denture, the denture is loose and its efficiency for biting a chewing is greatly impaired. Apart from the physical discomfort, a loose denture may cause irritation to tender tissues in the mouth and rather serious digestive disturbances.
Never use scouring powders. They may contain caustic alkalis, acid or grit. These may dissolve the denture material or roughen the surface so that food particles and stains cling to it. This makes a denture unsanitary and unsightly, and causes it to have an unpleasant odor.
Your denture, if kept absolutely clean, will fit better and feel much more comfortable. Give your denture the same care and attention you would give your natural teeth.
Always hold a denture over water when cleaning it. If you drop it, the water will cushion the fall and prevent breakage.
There are two effective ways for cleaning your denture. One is using a brush and cream, specifically designed for dentures. If you prefer try a solution type cleanser. After soaking for a few minutes in a solution, your denture will come out fresh and clean.
Remember – that your denturist knows more about your denture than anyone else. Go to him if you having any trouble. Even if it feels fine, see him regularly for a complete check up.
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