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Post Operative Instructions Following Denture Insertion

1. Do not wear your dentures at night. This allows gum tissues to rest and promotes oral health. We recommend wearing your dentures only when absolutely necessary as the gums are in a healing phase.

2. Dentures are very delicate and may break if dropped even a few inches. Stand over a folded towel or a basin of water when handling dentures. When you are not wearing them, store your dentures away from children and pets. And remember to keep them in a bowl of water.

3. Like natural teeth, dentures must be brushed daily to remove food deposits and plaque. Brushing helps prevent dentures from becoming permanently stained and helps your mouth stay healthy. It is best to use a brush designed for cleaning dentures. A toothbrush with soft bristles can also be used. Avoid using hard-bristled brushes that can damage dentures.

4. Overtime the dentures will get loose as they will not adapt to the newly healed gums, in such a case you may use denture adhesive powder or a adhesive paste(these are available over the counter at any pharmacy).These adhesives are safe to use and do not have any side effects but we still recommend using it economically.

5. SPEECH: The tongue is a very adaptable organ, the presence of dentures restricts the space available for it to operate. This adaptation time varies form a few days to upto two weeks. If u find it difficult to speak, do not lose heart, keep trying and you will be fine. We recommend reading out loud to allow the tongue to adapt more rapidly.

6.FOOD:You will find that dentures are not as efficient as your natural teeth when eating. However, having dentures is better than being without teeth. When eating, start with soft foods and take small bites. Avoid biting with the front teeth because it will cause the dentures to become unstable and shift. Unlike chewing on one side with natural teeth, it is recommended to chew on both sides simultaneously when wearing dentures.

Avoid using other powdered household cleansers which may be too abrasive. Also, avoid using bleach, as this may whiten the pink portion of the denture.

Denture Cleaning Steps:

1. Rinse away loose food particles thoroughly.

2. Moisten the brush and apply denture cleanser. Brush every surface, rubbing gently to avoid damage.

3. Dentures may lose their shape if they are allowed to dry out. When they are not worn, dentures should be placed in a denture cleanser soaking solution or in water. Even with full dentures, you still need to take good care of your mouth. Every morning brush your gums, tongue and palate with a soft-bristled brush before you put in your dentures. This removes plaque and stimulates circulation in the mouth. Selecting a balanced diet for proper nutrition is also important for maintaining a healthy mouth.