More than 5 million Canadian adults wear full or partial dentures. That is more than one out of every six people in Canada!
At our Denture Clinic we have spent a great deal of time and skill in making your dentures based on your needs.
Now it's up to you to follow our instructions concerning their proper use and care.
You must realize that new dentures will feel foreign at first, and that you must spend some time and effort in learning to adjust to them before they become "second nature".
Feel – You will notice right away that your new dentures will feel foreign in your mouth. This is a normal first reaction, be patient.
In time, with a little practice, you will adjust naturally to this initial fullness, and barely notice them in your mouth as the oral cavity and the muscle structure conform to dentures.
When you first receive your dentures, you probably will notice an increase in the flow of saliva in your mouth. This is a normal response to the unfamiliar object in your mouth, namely, the denture.
On average most of us swallow about 600 times a day.
It may take a day or two (or just a few hours) for your mouth to become adjusted to your new dentures and for your saliva flow to return to normal.
Many new denture wearers have difficulty with their speech at first. A common problem is pronouncing words containing "S" sounds. In most cases, practicing speech aloud with your new dentures in place will help restore your normal speaking quality quickly. This will add confidence and comfort.
One of the most critical areas of Denture After – Care is the maintenance of oral tissue and the ridge of bone that supports the dentures.
The state of their health is directly influenced by diet, nutrition and fit of the dentures. So make sure you eat balanced meals and get proper amounts of vitamins and minerals each day. With dentures, you must take smaller bites and learn to chew on both sides of the mouth at the same time to prevent the dentures from rocking and dislodging.
With patience and practice you will be eating your foods without difficulty.
Keeping your Full & Partial dentures clean is the most important patient responsibility in good oral health. Dentures, like natural teeth attract plaque, become stained, and collect food particles that can cause bad breath.
An excellent way to cleanse your dentures safely and effectively is with a denture cleanser plus a professionally designed denture bath. Soaking dentures every evening will effectively cleanse away food particles from the crevices and spaces between the teeth, remove plaque and odor-causing film and eliminate virtually all micro-organisms.
Brushing – The most effective cleansing method is brushing with a special denture brush and a denture cleansing paste. Since denture materials are more delicate than natural teeth, ordinary toothbrushes and commercial toothpastes are too abrasive and can damage the acrylic surfaces or soft liners of your dentures. Brushing daily will maintain the bright, natural appearance of your dentures and leave your whole mouth feeling minty fresh.
Brushing is particularly recommended for removal of plaque. The best method is to combine soaking and brushing to achieve the highest level of cleanliness.
Our denture clinic can provide you with denture cleaners and materials you may need to care properly for your new dentures. Use them as directed and you will soon be eating, drinking, talking and smiling with comfort and confidence. Millions already are. Why not you!
A denture adhesive is not a substitute for dentures that have lost their perfect fit through natural changes in the mouth. Therefore, it is important that you see our clinic once a year for a denture check-up. At this time, rebasing or relining may be indicated. Regular denture check-ups are free.
When should you replace your dentures? Dentures have a useful life of about five to eight years. However, your denturist is the most qualified person to tell you when a denture needs replacing.
An annual consultation to have your prosthesis checked and cleaned can prevent many problems; among them the bad habits that denture wearers develop and that require adjustments, a new base, or even a complete replacement.
The following are signs that your prosthesis needs attention:
There are also many other clinical problems with an old prosthesis that only your denturist would notice. Because he constructs your Denture himself, the denturist actually minimises the impact of such changes. Thus, when replacement is indicated, he makes sure your new dentures conform to the changes that your face has undergone over time.
All new dentures require an adjustment period, which is entirely normal.
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