Getting dentures for the first time can give you some mixed feelings. While it never feels good to know that your teeth could not be kept, it can be exciting to know that you will be able to eat more normally and enjoy some of your favorite foods once more. But wearing dentures isn’t as easy as being able to eat whatever you want. Here are some things you need to know about wearing dentures for the first time.
Gums Take Time to Heal
Your gums will take a lot of time to fully heal and shrink. Over the first year after getting your dentures, your gums will continue to shrink. As this happens, your dentures will become loose fitting. It is important to get regular adjustments and new soft-liners as your gums change, so that you will be able to comfortably wear and eat with your dentures.
You Can’t Eat Everything
Most people who are getting dentures for the first time are excited because they are about to be able to eat foods they have been avoiding while they did not have healthy, functioning teeth. Yet it is important to remember that you can’t eat everything with your dentures. Very hard nuts and other hard foods, such as peanut brittle, could cause your dentures to break. Sticky foods such as chewy caramels and bubblegum are also no-no’s because they will stick to the denture and be difficult to remove. If you aren’t sure if a food is okay to eat, talk to your dentist.
Don’t Neglect Your Mouth
It is easy to pop out dentures, put them in a denture bath with cleaner, and prepare for bed, but it is important that you do not neglect your mouth. Even though you no longer have your own teeth to worry about, harmful bacteria can still live in your mouth, affecting your gum health and how your dentures fit. It is important to brush your gums and tongue or at least rinse your mouth well with an antibacterial mouthwash.
If you are looking to get dentures for the first time, contact us today for more information or to schedule an appointment for an exam and consultation.