Your dentures aren't like your regular teeth and gums that adhere to your body's ever-changing shape. This means if you lose weight, your dentures can become too loose. If you gain weight, they can become too tight. If your dentures were fitted right after tooth removal, they may fit loosely after your swelling has gone down. Even as you age your dentures can fail to keep up, needing to be readjusted often to fit your mouth's current needs. This means you need to take measures to keep your dentures fitting more comfortably between visits to your denture clinic.

Chew properly

One way to make your dentures more comfortable is to take care when you chew. Chew slowly and on both sides of your mouth to prevent slipping and pulling of your dentures. Thoroughly chew all your food before swallowing, as this keeps debris from slipping under your dentures and causing discomfort. Rinse your mouth out with water after eating to flush out any remaining food particles that can get stuck in your gums and cause bacterial infections and irritation.

Avoid sleeping in your dentures

Your dentist may tell you to sleep in your dentures for a few weeks when you first receive them, especially if you've just had teeth pulled. This is to protect your gums and to allow your mouth to 'mold' to your dentures for a truer fit. Once this period is over, however, it is important to always take your dentures out and clean them before you go to bed. Sleeping in your dentures for longer than advised can cause sores and gum irritation as well as issues with producing saliva.

See your denture clinic specialist

If your dentures click when you speak, move back and forth as you eat, or cause you pain and irritation in general, don't hesitate to see your dentist for relief. They can re-cast your mouth and gums and make adjustments to your dentures as needed. Since your mouth is always changing, It is perfectly acceptable to have your dentures refitted to your gums for more comfortable use. You may need to replace your dentures entirely every 5-10 years.

Wearing dentures can take some getting used to. The ways above can make your mouth less irritated when wearing dentures by changing how you eat, taking them out at night, and seeing your dentist when your dentures are too painful to bear. Visit Community Denture Centre for more information.

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