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Summer Denture Care

Summer Denture Care

We all know that the Summer months are full of all sorts of activities; camping, swimming, boating, and hiking to name a few.  We put together a few easy steps to prepare you to keep your dentures in tip-top shape during your adventures this Summer.

 

  1. Make a Denture Care Kit

This kit should include:

  • Denture case*
  • Denture brush
  • Dental cleaner (ie: soaking tablets or dish soap)
  • Denture adhesive
  • Topical healing agent (ie: Oxy Fresh gel)
  • Wash cloth (to line the sink when cleaning)
  • Small water-proof bag to place items in

*Ensure that your denture case is sturdy enough to withstand some force.  Whether you’re camping in a tent or staying in a hotel, when your dentures are out of your mouth they are likely to break if stepped on or knocked off of a counter.  Placing them in a sturdy container will protect them from such events.

 

  1. Be Aware when Taking Part in Rigorous Activities

For the most part dentures are held in your mouth by tongue control and gravity with some help from your palate and tongue to form some suction denture.  However, many fun activities may cause your dentures to dislodge easier than you may think.  Activities such as:

  • Water skiing
  • Diving
  • Horseback riding
  • Mountain biking and/or biking on rough terrain
  • Jet Skiing
  • Surfing
  • Rock Climbing
  • Riding your motorcycle
  • Boating

If you plan to wear your dentures during any type of rigorous activities (especially water sports) the use of a good denture adhesive will help hold your dentures in place and minimize the chance of them falling out of your mouth and getting lost or broken.  Ask your Denturist which adhesives would work best for you in these situations.

 

  1. Bring your Spare Set of Dentures with You

If you have the option of bringing your old set of dentures with you on your trip please do!  If your current dentures get lost or broken then you can easily pop in your old set and continue your journey without having to take time out of your trip to find someone to fix them.  Please do not try to repair them on your own, doing so will make it harder for them to be repaired by professionals.

 

  1. Schedule a Consultation with your Denturist

Before you set off on any big adventures this Summer be sure to make an appointment with your Denturist to ensure that your dentures are fitting properly. Keep in mind that dentures are required to be refit every 2 years and replaced every 5 years.  If your dentures are in need of re-fitting or replacing be sure to plan to have this done well before your adventure begins so your Denturist has time to properly fit you and take care of any necessary adjustments.

If you have any other issue or concern regarding your denture care. You can contact with denturist in Airdrie at (403) 948-0954

Eating With Your New Dentures

Eating With Your New Dentures

Let’s face it, eating with your new dentures can be a challenge, and for most people experiencing a sore spot is inevitable when getting used to new dentures. We’re here to give you an idea of what to expect as well as some tips and tricks on how to adjust to eating with your new dentures.

Some of the first sensations that you may notice is a feeling of fullness in your mouth and an increase in saliva; this is normal to experience and should subside within a few weeks.

Soft Diet

Start by eating softer foods such as yogurt, pureed soups, mashed potatoes, scrambled eggs and cooked cereals. These foods will provide you with nutrients while putting minimal stress on your gums and jaw.  Eating firm or crunchy foods will put undue pressure on your gums and may increase your risk of irritating your gums.

Temperature

The temperature of food is especially important for those of you getting used to your very first denture. Dentures cover your gums and therefore insulate your gums from heat; always test the temperature of hot food on your lips before taking a bite.  Another thing to consider is to avoid spicy foods, if you have a sore spot on your gums spicy food will cause stinging or burning.

When you feel ready to move on to solid foods do so with these steps in mind:

  • Cut your food into small pieces, this will ensure each bite is manageable to chew.
  • Disperse food on both sides of your mouth, this will help to keep your dentures as stable as possible while chewing.
  • Chew slowly straight up and down and don’t swallow large pieces of food.
  • Avoid tough meats, chewing tough meats will put excess pressure on your gums.
  • Avoid sticky foods as it can dislodge your dentures easily.

Even once you feel completely comfortable with your new dentures there will still be certain foods that are difficult to eat. Take care when eating food such as:

  • Nuts
  • Sticky candy
  • Crusty bread
  • Raw vegetables
  • Lettuce
  • Popcorn
  • Crunchy fruits
  • Corn on the cob
  • Tough meats
  • Gum

Be kind with yourself when going through this process and remember that some soreness of your gums and jaw is to be expected.  A healthy diet is important for your overall health so if you continue to have problems eating with your new dentures consult a professional denture clinic.

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