Adjusting to dentures and denture adhesive is all about patience. As millions of denture wearers around the world know, it makes sense to go for it one bite at a time, slowly and steadily. Here’s a month-long guide that shows you how to get used to your dentures.
Calendar guide for first time denture wearers
- Day 1: Start by eating soft foods like mashed potatoes, puddings, and ice cream that are gentle on your gums. Many first-time denture wearers say eating soft foods that are gentle on your gums and teeth make the adjustment to dentures easier. Even if your denture feels uncomfortable at first, try to wear it as much as you can so you’ll get used to it.
- Day 2 to 14: Your mouth is adjusting to the new dentures; you will likely experience increased salivation. One trick for dealing with excessive salivation is to eat a piece of candy, as this will help you swallow more naturally. You might also experience sore spots in your mouth from the dentures. Rinsing your mouth with warm salt water might help. If soreness persists, return to your dentist for an adjustment. Expect a longer denture adjustment and healing time if you recently had teeth extracted or are a full-plate wearer. You may find that speaking can be difficult in the first days with dentures, and nothing beats good old fashioned practice to make things easier in the long run. However, one little tip we have is to bite something before talking, as this will help your denture position itself better. Also, try to relax your face muscles, this can help you look and feel more natural.
- Day 15 to 29: You’re learning to talk and eat all over again, and the good news is that salivation and sore spots have lessened. This is the best time to start using a denture adhesive to improve the fit and feel of your dentures. Using Fixodent® as your adhesive will improve your confidence while eating and immediately improve the fit of your dentures. This is also a good time to reintroduce harder foods in small chunks. Take time to chew them for longer.
- Day 30: After about 30 days of denture wearing, you should be able to enjoy most of your favorite activities confidently. Remember to visit your prosthodontist on a regular basis to have your dentures checked. A denture replacement is usually recommended every 5 to 10 years.
- At Any Point: If you’re continuing to experience discomfort during this 30-day adjustment period, please see your dentist, who can check the fit of your dentures. Expect a longer denture adjustment and healing time if you recently had teeth extracted or are a full-plate wearer.
With the strength of Fixodent denture adhesive products, you’ll be ready to live life confidently with your new dentures.