Tips For Getting Used To A New Set Of Dentures

Posted on: 15 April 2015

Although some people are lucky enough to never require dentures, a large proportion of people will have to have them fitted, especially in their later years. It can take a fair bit of getting used to, and perseverance is one of the key things recommended by dentists. Here, then, are some tips to bear in mind if you have just had a new set of dentures fitted.

Excess Salivation

This means to produce excess saliva in the mouth, and is very common for people who have just had new dentures fitted. In many cases, the extra fluid is created specifically because the body thinks that the dentures are a form of food, and hence will produce more fluid to help with the chewing process. To get around this, try sucking on a hard sweet, but ensure that it is sugar free. When you finish the sweet, the salivation should decrease naturally. Over a short period of time, the excess fluid should gradually decrease until your body understands that the dentures are not food.

Practice Your Speech

Many people worry that their new dentures will permanently alter the way that they speak. This is not usually the case, indeed, there are a couple of things you can do to help. First, make sure that you talk out loud to any pets, or even plants, during the course of your everyday routine. If you have none of these, simply read a chapter from a book out loud. This will help a great deal. Secondly, for pronunciation, try to count out loud from sixty five to seventy a couple of times a day; this range of numbers can be some of the hardest sounds to get used to speaking correctly. With a little practice, you will find that you can return to your usual sounding self.

Give Yourself Enough Time

It will take different people different amounts of time to get used to their new dentures, so if you know a family member or friend who has got used to them very quickly, try not to make comparisons between them and yourself. If you allow yourself enough time, the new dentures will become less loose (if this is an issue) and you will also learn how to control them properly with your mouth. Don't panic if you feel that you will never get used to them; give yourself some time to adjust.

After a few weeks, most people begin to not notice that they are actually wearing any dentures, and confidence and self esteem begin to return. For more information, contact a business such as Longano Bruno V. Dr.