A Denture Wearer’s Checklist

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A Denture Wearer’s Checklist
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Dentures are not permanent. Changes continue to occur in the bone and soft tissues of your mouth.
Your initial adjustment period:
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clear.gif - 0.0 Kcheck.gif - 1.4 K Leave dentures in forthe first 24 hour period – you will be scheduled for a 24 hours post – insertion appointment.
clear.gif - 0.0 Kcheck.gif - 1.4 K Feelings of fullness & increased salivation will decrease with time.
clear.gif - 0.0 Kcheck.gif - 1.4 K Sucking on a piece of hard candy may help gagging sensation.
clear.gif - 0.0 Kcheck.gif - 1.4 K Expect sore spots to develop during this initial adjustment period.

Eating with your new dentures:
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clear.gif - 0.0 Kcheck.gif - 1.4 K Cut up food into small bited-sized pieces.
clear.gif - 0.0 Kcheck.gif - 1.4 K Eating with food on both sides or your mouth may be helpful.
clear.gif - 0.0 Kcheck.gif - 1.4 K Biting foods with your front teeth will tend to dislodge dentures & the under- lying tissues.
clear.gif - 0.0 Kcheck.gif - 1.4 K Avoid sticky foods.
clear.gif - 0.0 Kcheck.gif - 1.4 K Learning to eat with dentures takes time. Eating with dentures will never be as easy or efficient as eating with natural teeth. Be patient.

Talking with your new dentures:
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clear.gif - 0.0 Kcheck.gif - 1.4 K Adjusting takes time – read out loud to speed up the process.
clear.gif - 0.0 Kcheck.gif - 1.4 K Muscles will need to be re-educated so they will retain the denture.
clear.gif - 0.0 Kcheck.gif - 1.4 K The feeling of crowding of the tongue will decrease with time.

Cleaning your mouth & your dentures:
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clear.gif - 0.0 Kcheck.gif - 1.4 K Cleanse & massage your gums daily with a soft toothbrush.
clear.gif - 0.0 Kcheck.gif - 1.4 K Brush dentures with a soft tooth brush and ordinary facial soap.
clear.gif - 0.0 Kcheck.gif - 1.4 K Never use toothpaste to brush your dentures – it is too abrasive.
clear.gif - 0.0 Kcheck.gif - 1.4 K Soak dentures overnight in either a :
clear.gif - 0.0 K– a commercial denture soaking solution,
or the following denture cleaning solution:
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(Never use bleach on dentures with metal parts)

Denture Do’s and Don’ts:
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clear.gif - 0.0 Kcheck.gif - 1.4 K Do leave your dentures out at night while you sleep.
clear.gif - 0.0 Kcheck.gif - 1.4 K Only use denture adhesives on advise of your dentist.
clear.gif - 0.0 Kcheck.gif - 1.4 K Never attempt to adjust, repair, or re-fit your denture yourself.
clear.gif - 0.0 Kcheck.gif - 1.4 K Do come in for your regular checkups.