5 Ways To Prevent Denture Irritation

5 Ways To Prevent Denture Irritation

5 Ways To Prevent Denture Irritation

Dentures are one of the best solutions to tooth loss. But the process of getting and maintaining dentures them can cause irritation and discomfort from time to time. Here are 5 ways that you can mitigate and manage denture irritation.

1. KEEP YOUR FIT UP TO DATE

Denture pain is most common right after receiving a new set, or when your mouth has changed to the point that you need an adjustment or replacement. Relining your dentures can also be done to correct the fit. Schedule yearly appointments with your denture specialist. If you are experiencing pain before that appointment rolls around, get into the office for a tune-up. And whatever you do, don’t try to adjust it yourself! It will likely result in an even worse fit or needing new dentures altogether.

2. KEEP THINGS CLEAN

This tip is boring but so important: practicing good daily oral habits will keep you out of the dentist’s chair. Be sure to remove your dentures each night and soak them in water or a cleaning solution. Use a soft-bristled brush or special denture brush to clean them each day.

Denture stomatitis, a yeast infection on your mouth, can be caused by not keeping your dentures clean or wearing dentures for too long according to DentalHealth.org.

3. GO EASY ON YOUR GUMS

When you first receive dentures, it’s important to ease into wearing them all day long. Denture sores can form when an area is rubbed repeatedly. One way to avoid this is to start by wearing your dentures for only a few hours and then take them out for a few hours. Your mouth and jaw will gradually become accustomed to your new smile.

If for some reason you have to wear your dentures for 24 hours, The American College of Prosthodontists recommends taking them out to clean them at the very least.

Another way to treat your gums with care is to eat soft foods when you first receive your dentures. If you reach for crunchy snacks, you might irritate your already sensitive gums.

4. USE NEW PRODUCTS WITH CAUTION

If you get a new adhesive or denture soak, pay attention to the way your mouth feels after using it. If you notice any sensitivity, you may be allergic to an ingredient in your new product.

5. SAP EXCESS SALIVA

Sometimes when you get new dentures, your mouth will produce excess saliva because it thinks your dentures are food and will want to digest them. Your mouth will adapt, but in the meantime you can suck on lozenges or sugarless candy to manage the excess saliva.

 

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