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Eating & Speaking with Dentures

Eating & Speaking with Dentures

How Dentures Look and Feel

New wearers often report a “full-mouth” feeling, as though the dentures are too big and pushing the lips forward. This feeling will diminish as you adjust to wearing dentures. They may feel like they don’t fit properly at first. They may “gag” you or cause you to bite your cheek or tongue. If you wear an upper denture, it may take some time for your tongue to get used to the feeling of being pressed against the denture and not your palate. Don’t worry. These problems will decrease over time. 

New Sensations with Dentures

Because a denture is a “foreign object” in the mouth, you may produce more saliva for a while. This, too, will decrease and eventually go away. Something as simple as sucking on a mint or hard candy will encourage you to swallow more frequently, clearing excess saliva. Some soreness is also expected, usually within a few hours of putting your dentures in your mouth. If it continues, see a dental professional; never try to make adjustments to your dentures yourself. 

Eating with Dentures for the First Time

Dentures take some getting used to, but with a few simple strategies up your sleeve, you can feel confident all day long. As a new denture wearer, you may find that chewing feels different with dentures. You also may think that food has "lost its flavor." While you are adjusting to wearing your dentures, your mind is receiving strong signals from your mouth about your dentures, which overpower the messages from your taste buds. After you are accustomed to the denture, your mind will pay less attention to your dentures and more to your taste buds. 

During your adjustment time, you may have trouble sensing hot foods and drinks, which is common with new denture wearers. Be careful; you don't want to burn your mouth. 

Tips for Eating with Dentures

To eat more easily and enjoyably while wearing dentures:

  • Begin with small quantities of food cut into smaller pieces.

  • Chew half of the food in your mouth on the back-left side of your mouth and the other half on the back-right side. This will even out the pressure on your dentures.

  • Start with soft foods. Some good examples are eggs, fish, chopped meat, cooked vegetables, and puddings. After you feel more confident, try eating chewier foods, such as steak or celery.

Speaking with Dentures

When you speak, the sound reaches your ears through vibrations in the bones of the jaw and skull. Wearing dentures changes and increases the sound, but this is much more noticeable to you than to anyone else. 

If your dentures "click" when you speak, try to speak more slowly to avoid movements that raise and/or move your lower denture. Keeping your lower denture in place requires the ability to hold it still with the muscles of your lips, cheeks, and tongue. At first, these muscles may tend to "kick out" your denture. With time and practice, you will be able to overcome the difficulties of speaking. 

Tips for Speaking with Dentures

To speak more confidently while wearing your dentures:

  • Bite and swallow before speaking. This places your dentures in position so you can speak more clearly.

  • Practice reading aloud.

Why Choose Us?

Why Choose Us?

Why choose us? I’ve thought a lot lately about what separates us the most from our competition. Here is a list I’ve come up with:

1.) Customer Service - We go above and beyond for our patients treating them like family. We’re open on Saturdays and even come in on Sundays to do adjustments.

2.) Quality over Quantity - Today most clinics treat patients like a number. It’s the herd them in herd them out mentality. The more patients they can see the more money they can make. The quicker they can make a product the quicker they can get paid, but what was lost was quality. We never jeopardize a products quality to meet a certain quota.

3.) Price - We manufacture and customize each of our dentures with the best materials and state of the art methods for the most affordable prices. Sure you might see a lower price somewhere else but I can guarantee you the quality of materials they’re using and their manufacturing methodology won’t compete with ours. Cutting corners and using inferior materIals only leads to a disaster later.

4.) Generations of Craftsmanship - My family has been serving the treasure valley for almost 60 years. I’m a fourth generation denturist that was taught by the most respected and qualified denturists in Idaho. My great uncle and grandfather were denture pioneers leading successful denture clinics in Idaho for sixty years. My family has prided itself on building quality dentures and exceptional service.

Sleeping with Dentures

Sleeping with Dentures

This is a very common question. Dentures (removable false teeth) offer a number of benefits to people who have lost their natural teeth: They can help them regain the ability to eat a greater variety of foods, speak more clearly, and smile with confidence. However, it’s important to recognize that there are also some downsides to wearing dentures.

For one thing, they put pressure on the gums and consequently the bony ridges beneath them. This causes resorption, a process that results in a gradual decrease in bone volume and density. Resorption and bone loss are accelerated if dentures are worn 24 hours per day. With the loss of bone comes inadequate support for the dentures, causing them to become loose and fall out more easily. This also results in less support for the cheeks and lips, which can cause very dramatic changes in facial appearance.

In addition, if they are not properly cared for, the under surfaces of dentures in particular can become breeding grounds for oral bacteria and fungi, which can cause odors, irritation and disease.

Resorption and bone loss are accelerated if dentures are worn 24 hours per day.

It has been found that those wearing dentures during the night while sleeping are more likely to have tongue and denture plaque, gum inflammation, positive cultures for Candida albicans (thrush, an oral yeast infection) and higher blood levels of interleukin-6 — a protein made by white blood cells that signifies the body is fighting an infection. Good oral hygiene among denture-wearers is very important and reduces the risk of serious illness.

For example, a recent study involving 542 randomly selected elderly nursing home residents found that the seniors who wore their dentures to sleep were 2.3 times more likely to die or be hospitalized from pneumonia as those who took their dentures out. The study noted that aspiration (breathing) is a significant means of moving pneumonia-causing bacteria from the mouth into the lungs in elderly people.

Whether you wear full or partial dentures, taking them out at night for sleeping gives the gums and other denture-bearing tissues a chance to rest, recover and receive beneficial exposure to the antibacterial agents naturally present in saliva.

There are other concerns. Wearing dentures continually, and especially at night when salivary flow naturally diminishes, often results in a condition called denture stomatitis (“stoma” – mouth; “itis” – inflammation). This affects tissues under dentures. Typically it occurs under upper full dentures that cover the palate, which becomes reddened, inflamed and infected with yeast. This is often accompanied by a disease called angular cheilitis, a cracking at the corners of the mouth and subsequent infection by the same yeast. Denture stomatitis is treated by leaving the dentures out at night, and cleaning them meticulously. Yeast infection is treated by anti-yeast or anti-fungal medication and/or chlorhexidine prescription rinses that can be prescribed by your dentist.

Whether you wear full or partial dentures, taking them out at night for sleeping gives the gums and other denture-bearing tissues a chance to rest, recover and receive beneficial exposure to the antibacterial agents naturally present in saliva. In short, removing your dentures at night is the healthiest thing to do.

A good oral hygiene routine for denture-wearers should include the following steps:

  • Remove and rinse your dentures after eating.

  • Brush your dentures at least once a day with a soft toothbrush, nailbrush or denture brush and dish soap, liquid antibacterial soap, or denture cleanser. (Don’t use toothpaste: it is too abrasive.) Using an effervescent (fizzing) tablet can’t substitute for this type of manual cleaning, and it might take some effort to remove the plaque or film that develops on the dentures.

  • Store your dentures in water or, better yet, an alkaline peroxide-based solution made for this purpose.

  • Brush your gums and tongue every day with an extra-soft toothbrush (not the one you use for cleaning your dentures) or clean them with a damp washcloth.

  • Rinse your dentures before putting them back in your mouth.

Even though you no longer have natural teeth, you still need to pay attention to your oral hygiene. Wearing your dentures 24/7 will prevent you from maintaining good oral hygiene, unnecessarily putting your health at risk.

Authored By: Dr. Kristen Vilardi-Shanley

Denture Care

Denture Care

Denture Care Instructions and Tips

Your dentures will last longer and fit better if you take proper care of them. Keep these points in mind to keep your dentures in top shape:

  • Clean dentures daily: Brush your dentures each day the same way that you would brush your teeth, with one key difference: Skip the toothpaste. Many commercial types of toothpaste can damage dentures. Instead, use a soft-bristle denture brush, designed specifically for cleaning dentures, and water to brush all surfaces of the dentures, but be careful not to bend any attachments. Rinse your dentures with water after each meal. You can buy specialized denture cleaners for soaking dentures, but soaking is not a substitute for brushing—you need to brush the dentures to remove plaque.

  • Treat dentures right: Fill the sink with water or place a folded towel in it when handling your dentures, so you don’t break them if they should fall into the sink. When you aren’t wearing your dentures, let them soak in cool water (preferably distilled/filtered water) to keep them from drying out. Be careful of cleaning solutions if your dentures have metal attachments—the solutions could cause the metal to tarnish. And don’t soak dentures in hot water—they could warp.

  • Remove your dentures (full or partial) every night: This allows the gum tissue beneath them a chance to rest.

How to Clean Dentures

Plaque can form on dentures, just like natural teeth. If they’re not removed every day, your dentures may look less white and bright. It is also important to clean your dentures with a denture brush and soak them in a cleanser solution daily to avoid odor.

  1. Clean your dentures over a sink filled with water to avoid damage if you drop them.

  2. Rinse dentures thoroughly in warm water to remove any loose food particles.

  3. Use a denture cleanser. (Conventional toothpaste, bleach, and vinegar are not designed for denture cleaning and could, in some cases, cause damage. Scratched dentures will harbor unsightly plaque bacteria, causing denture odor. Harsh products like bleach may even turn the pink parts of your dentures white.)

  4. Moisten a denture brush (soft-bristle toothbrush or denture toothbrush) to clean all surfaces of your denture gently. Brushing too hard can damage any plastic or metal parts. Rinse and brush in clean, warm water.

  5. Brush your gums, tongue and natural teeth with a fluoride toothpaste before reinserting your dentures. This will help remove plaque from your teeth, stimulate circulation in your mouth and help maintain good oral health.

  6. Rinse with a mouthwash after brushing to give your mouth a refreshed feeling.