Today’s dentures, also called false teeth, are not like the ones your grandmother wore. They are more comfortable and natural looking than they were in the past. And they remain a crucial solution for tooth loss. Still, if you don’t take proper care of your dentures, problems can occur.

Let’s take a look at some crucial steps to take to properly take care of your dentures:

Practice optimal oral hygiene

Oral hygiene is probably the most important part of your denture career. If you wear dentures, it is very important you keep your mouth clean and healthy on a daily basis.

Make sure your dentures fit properly

Otherwise, you may end up with dentures that move around in your mouth, developing problems with eating and speaking, gum and mouth irritation and mouth infections. Over time, your gums and bones will change and your dentures won’t fit as well as they did before. When this happens, your dentures need to be adjusted, modified, or replaced by your dentist. Never try to adjust your dentures yourself.

In fact, if you have any problems with your dentures, it’s better to err on the side of caution and see your dentist right away. Your dentures may need to be adjusted or replaced. Like anything in life, your dentures will inevitably give some problems.

For most of these ‘denture obstacles’, here are some more valuable part-time solutions:

Speak slowly

When you first get dentures, it may be hard for you to say certain words. Be patient. Practice saying the challenging words aloud. If your dentures move around when you laugh or smile, gently bite down and swallow to put them back in place. Check with your dentist to adjust the fit.

Try soft foods first and chew slowly

Eating will become easier as you get used to your dentures. In time, you should be able to eat most foods. If you are having trouble eating at first, definitely try soft foods (*eggs, yoghurt) don’t eat anything sticky. Chew your food slowly, and when you do chew, use both sides of your mouth at the same time. This prevents your dentures from moving forward or tipping.