What Dentists Know
Any dentist can tell you that having dentures isn’t the way it used to be. With new technology, you have the chance to do it better. Your dentist may recommend using a denture adhesive like Sea-Bond to give you the hold, comfort and confidence you’ll need in order to get used to having dentures.
Getting Used To Your New Dentures
Dentures are a new and unexpected change in your life. You can try not to think about it, but a better idea is to invest some time getting used to them. Get curious. Let your tongue run over the surface of the denture in your mouth. Take a look in the mirror. New experiences always feel different: it’s natural. Be curious. Go with it. For first time denture wearers, it’s normal during the ‘break in period’ for gums and mouth to feel sensitive. To help make the adjustment easier, try our new Sensitive Denture Cream with soothing chamomile; it helps protect irritated gums.
New denture wearers often experience some soreness at first. Wearing Sea-Bond Denture Adhesives can help. It’s a thin, soft cushion that covers the entire denture, wall-to-wall, with no gaps. If switching to Sea-Bond doesn’t help, you should go see your dentist right away.
On your first few days, start with softer foods. Chew on both sides of your mouth. Start chewing on one side, and then on the other. This will help make sure that both sides of your dentures stay secure. Also, smaller bites work better than bigger bites.
Too Much Saliva
Your mouth will tend to produce extra saliva until it adjusts to dentures. This can be distasteful, especially if you use denture pastes which, unlike Sea-Bond, ooze. Also, as your mouth gets adjusted to the dentures, keep some hard candy around to suck on.
You’ll feel better about talking in front of strangers if you’ve practiced talking out loud by yourself first. When you’re alone, speak a passage from your favorite book, or sing along with the radio. Are you “clicking” when you talk? Slow down. It also helps to bite down and swallow before you talk, to get your dentures tightly in place. For first time denture wearers, it’s normal during the ‘break in period’ for gums and mouth to feel sensitive. To help make the adjustment easier, try our new Sensitive Denture Cream with soothing chamomile, helps protect irritated gums.
Have more questions? Check our FAQs.