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If you are getting your first set of dentures, you should expect an adjustment period. At first, your dentures may feel bulky and awkward, and don’t be surprised if your mouth creates more saliva than usual. That is normal and will stop in time.

If your dentures are causing you pain or pressure, you should make an appointment with your dentist to have them adjusted. In some cases, your dentist may have you come in a few weeks after getting your dentures to have them lined.

If you find that you are having trouble eating, try cutting your food into small pieces. Or, you might experiment with cutting your food into long strips and chewing it on both sides of your mouth. If you are having difficulty pronouncing certain words, try practicing them or speaking them slowly.

Although they are not your natural teeth, your dentures need to be cleaned at least once a day, You can gently scrub them with a soft-bristled toothbrush or denture brush, using dish soap, hand soap, or a toothpaste formulated for dentures. Do not use regular toothpaste since it may contain abrasives that can damage your dentures. Clean your dentures over a towel or a sink full of water. That way, if you drop them, there is less of a chance that they will break. They need to be kept moist in order to retain their shape, so place them in a soaking solution overnight.

If you do break your dentures, don’t try to repair them on your own, since many glues and adhesives contain chemicals that are harmful to your body. Let your dentist repair, or if necessary, replace your dentures.

If you have questions about your dentures, our dentist, Dr. Martin Trockel at Spartan Family Dentistry in Bixby, Oklahoma will be happy to meet with you. To schedule an appointment call 918-366-3777.