Due to your life circumstances, it may become necessary to start wearing dentures. If you have lost your teethdue to injury or illness, it may be time to start thinking of a reliable replacement. Dentures can help you during everyday activities such as chewing, swallowing, or talking.

Dentures can also help boost your self-esteem after major tooth loss. The next time you introduce yourself to a stranger, you can have confidence knowing that a smile is the best way to make a good first impression.

For someone getting dentures for the first time, it may be overwhelming to sift through all the information to find out what’s relevant to you. At Stephen J. Minns DDS, our dentists try to make yourtransition from natural teeth to dentures as smooth as possible to eliminate any confusion or anxiety.

For your convenience, we have listed below our top tips for new denture wearers. At Stephen J. MinnsDDS, we always talk with our clients so that they feel prepared to start their lives with dentures.

Keep Your Dentures Wet

When your dentures aren’t in your mouth, make sure that they are submerged in wateror a denture cleanser soaking solution. If your dentures are given the opportunity to dry out, they may warp or crack. Since dentures are an investment, it is wise to make sure that they receive the proper care. Dentures that are properly cared for will last their owner a long time.

Brush Your Dentures

Take care of your dentures just as you would your own natural teeth. Brushing your dentures on a daily basis helps ward off plaque and odor-causing bacteria. Food particles will also be brushed and rinsed away to ensure that staining will not occur. Dentures provide a functional and aesthetic purpose in your life. Protect your dentures by making sure they get the care they need.

Brush Your Gums and Tongue

Just because you might not have any natural teeth left in your mouth, doesn’t mean that you should neglect your oral health. Healthy gums are necessary for a healthy life. Also, your gums benefit from the stimulation received from soft toothbrush bristles. If you brush your gums on a regular basis, they will thank you by safeguarding your healthy mouth.

Practice Reading Aloud

When you first start wearing dentures, you may notice that it’s hard to pronounce certain words. If this is the case, don’t worry. This is a natural occurrence among first-time denture wearers. It may take some time for your tongue and the rest of your mouth to cooperate with your new oral appliance. However, over time, your speech patterns will adjust to wearing dentures. If you want to facilitate this learning curve, we recommend reading out loud and practicing words you find difficult.

Be Prepared for Some Slippage

It is natural for your dentures to occasionally slip during sudden movements caused by sneezing, laughing, or even smiling. A helpful trick that has helped our patients is to gently bite down and swallow whenever you experience slippage. This tactic is subtle so that you don’t have to draw attention to yourself when you’re out in public.

While some of our patients might be embarrassed to be needing dentures, you don’t have to worry. Our dentists and dental hygienists are professional individuals who are motivated to helping you look and feel your best. If you are interested in our denture services, feel free to call our Novi dentists at (248) 476-9121. At Stephen J. Minns DDS, our dentists are always happy to help our clients maintain a healthy mouth.