The components of partial dentures vary across manufacturers and the materials used. Hence, before every other thing, it is necessary you ask your dentist about any special requirements attached to the dentures you are getting.
Below are basic tips that will ease the adaptation process and use of your partial dentures, to ensure that your smiles, talking and eating habits never lack confidence.
- Clean gently with recommended or soft brushes
While getting your dentures, it is also best you get specialized soft brushes for cleaning them. Brushes with hard bristles or vigorous brushing will cause gradual wear of the protective layers. Consequently, this reduces the replacement’s life cycle and appearance.
- Clean with warm water
You definitely want your partial dentures to sparkle, but if your mind is telling you that hot water will do the trick; it is wrong! Factually, the use of very hot water will cause the dentures to warp. And that will distort the shape, making it to lose its fitness. Cleaning regularly with warm water will help check the accumulation of particles, and boost the durability of the dental replacements.
- Conventional toothpaste is not meant for partial dentures
It is expected that you will have the impulse to scrub your dental upgrades with toothpaste, but that will be detrimental for your artificial dentures. The components of your dentures vary from your teeth, and the contents of traditional toothpaste are too abrasive for them. Preferably, request for specially formulated denture pastes, or clean with warm water and mild soaps.
- Keep wet at all times.
Ever thought of what will happen to your teeth in the prolonged absence of saliva? They will dry out, fracture and become less healthy! And that’s what will happen to your partial dentures if you form a habit of leaving them exposed on a counter, instead of inside a glass of water or denture cleaner, when not in use.
- Soak as recommended by your dentist or manufacturer
As there are various cleaners and tablets which can be used for an overnight soak, so does their manufacturers have different recommendations for their use. Ensure that the instructions are followed to the letter. As well, always rinse your partial dentures with warm water to eliminate residual chemicals and taste of tablet or cleaner used.
Even well-fitted dentures do slip, especially while coughing, laughing, sneezing or eating; you shouldn’t feel embarrassed. To limit slippages, you should gently bite down on your dentures to achieve a more comfortable fit.
- Speaking with difficulty
Noticed that you lisp some words after getting a fitment? Don’t panic, it is not entirely expected, but it is not unusual either. It will take some getting-used-to before your gums, tongue, and cheeks adjust to your new dental upgrade for fluent speech. Regular practice, by listing and reading the words out loud will help in overcoming the word lisps.
- Eating with difficulty
Eating as usual might prove to be difficult; you probably need to get used to eating diced, soft or mashed foods for a start. With time, you will be able to transition into eating chewier food. Forcing yourself to eat tough foods from the onset, might not be the best option for your comfort, health, and confidence.
- Denture adhesives
For quick adaptation to your partial dentures, we recommend the use of denture adhesive. This will help a lot in keeping your dentures fitted comfortably. You can use either strip or cream denture adhesive, or as recommended by your dentist.