Adventures with Dentures
Eating, speaking, smiling, and laughing can all become challenging when you get dentures for the first time or have to have your dentures adjusted. It can be a whole new adventure re-learning these basic activities. However, if you know what to expect and a few tricks to navigate the process, adjusting to denture wear will not be a difficult task. Permanent dentures are an affordable option for replacing missing teeth, making these adjustments to basic habits well worth the time and energy. If this is your first time wearing dentures or you are expecting your first set soon, be prepared for all the changes that await you with this guide to life with dentures.
Denture adhesive is one of the keys to a successful life with permanent dentures. Denture adhesives offer a seal against food debris, keeping your mouth and gum tissues fresh and clean. Denture adhesive can also add confidence by preventing movement of the dentures in the mouth. To properly use denture cream, begin with a small amount and add until your dentures are comfortably in place. Remember, a little goes a long way.
Speaking with dentures can be a new adventure. You will need to spend time in front of the mirror. Watch your mouth movement patterns and practice words that cause your dentures to flap unnaturally. Exercise patience and know that some words may take longer than others to say clearly. Words with “s” and “f” sounds tend to be the most challenging, so you may want to begin your focus there.
Enjoying foods you love is a big part of living well with dentures. The good news is that it is possible to eat a wide variety of foods with dentures, however like speaking, it takes a little practice. Watch out for sticky foods and very crunchy foods at first. Begin practicing with soft foods, like yogurt and eggs. As you adjust, you can introduce more and more foods.
Smiling, laughing, and yawning are grandiose gestures of the mouth that can cause dentures to shift and flap. Denture adhesives can help you avoid these incidents, but so can practice and getting comfortable with your dentures.
As the days go by, life with dentures will become more comfortable. This is the perfect time to start adding more foods to your plate, trying out new words, and even get back to laughing and smiling as if nothing had changed. Getting comfortable with your dentures is important to your mental and physical health.
Talk to an affordable dentist if you notice that your adjustment period is taking longer than a few weeks—you may need a denture adjustment.
To get the dental care you deserve from an affordable dentist in Fairfax, call Dental One Associates of Fairfax today at (703) 664-1990 or make an appointment.
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