Tips & Advice for Adjusting to your New Dentures

If you just recently received dentures, you may be having a hard time adjusting to your new set of teeth. If you are, know that you are not alone. The American Dental Association gives several examples of common difficulties faced by people with new dentures, including:

  • An awkward feeling in your mouth
  • A feeling of looseness while your cheek and tongue learn to keep the dentures in place
  • Mild irritation and soreness
  • A temporary increase in saliva
  • Trouble chewing, particularly hot or hard foods
  • Trouble speaking certain words (you may notice a clicking at first)
  • A slipping of your dentures when laugh, cough or smile

If you are struggling with any of these issues, do not be afraid to talk to a dentist on your True Care Advantage discount dental plan. He or she can give you helpful strategies for adjusting to your new dentures, including speaking more slowly, repositioning them by biting down and swallowing, chewing with both sides of your mouth simultaneously, and eating soft foods cut into small pieces. All of these issues are temporary and will fade after continued use of your dentures. Don’t give up, and don’t be afraid to ask for help!


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