New dentures need special care and you need to know what that care is, especially if you have never had them before. Or if you're caring for someone who is elderly then it will be something you need to be well informed about. Another scenario could be visiting an elderly parent or grandparent who is forgetful and doesn't remember how to care for their dentures or aren't capable of it, so you need to do it for them. Whatever the case may be you need to know what is involved in the proper care of new dentures.
It takes time to get used to wearing new dentures and sometimes they don't fit quite right. When this happens you have to find ways to make them fit better until you can get to the dentist. Denture adhesive is one way of doing this, but it is pretty messy and leaves a bad taste. A denture liner kit is a better solution and can last 5-6 weeks. The soft liner is made of silicone and conforms to the denture easily. It lasts longer if you brush gently and not soak the teeth.
Also, if a person loses weight quickly gums may shrink as well, which is another reason denture adhesive or denture liners come in handy for a quick fix. A couple of other ways to secure dentures are powders or strips. All of these methods work, so it boils down to personal preference and physical capabilities.
One would think that new dentures wouldn't need fixing right away, but the truth is that many times they do. At times the gums also get sore if this occurs massage them for relief or use orajel like babies use when teething. Also, switch to a soft food diet for a few days.
If you're lucky and your new dentures fit properly then the first thing you need to know is that they must be rinsed after each meal. Rinse in lukewarm water and use a mouthwash for better oral hygiene. It's also good to soak them in Efferdent or other cleanser overnight. In addition, always wear gloves when cleaning or handling dentures.
Use a soft bristle toothbrush and brush at least twice a day if not after every meal. Keep the inside of the mouth clean and clear of food particles by rinsing the mouth out each time as well. Otherwise, you open the door for bacteria build up that may cause sores, infection and gum disease.
Watch what you eat and drink to keep denture stains at a minimum. Dark drinks such as coffee, tea and cokes are the worst and will make teeth look yellow and dull in no time. The red stuff is next like red wine, cranberry juice, red pop etc. You don't have to cut out favorite drinks just cut back.
Some foods to cut back on are blueberries, cherries, chocolate, beets and sauces such as tomato and soy sauce. Don't forget that smoking, tobacco chewing and certain medications will also stain teeth. Soon as possible try to brush teeth to remove stains asap. Other ideas are to chew gum, rinse teeth and mouth or eat crunchy food that clean teeth such as an apple or celery.
Use these new denture care tips daily for better looking longer lasting dentures.