Keeping Your Dentures Your Little Secret

If you have just been told you should have dentures made to help cosmetically make your smile more pleasing, you will soon be excited to be able to grin and show your new look to others. If you do not want people aware that you have dentures, there are a few tricks you can use to keep their presence unknown to others. Here are a few tips to use to make sure your dentures stay properly in place while in the public eye so others do not catch on of their existence.   

Keep Adhesive Handy

It is a good idea to keep a small container with extra denture adhesive inside your purse, vehicle or even in a small plastic bag inside your pocket for times where you feel your dentures are not securely adhered to your gums. You can quickly relieve yourself to a restroom to make a quick fix. This material is often in the consistency of a toothpaste, and with a bit of water it will moisten up enough to place your dentures back into their place with ease.

Watch Food Selection

When out to eat with others, make sure not to order foods that could be a risk to having your dentures loosen. Avoid crunchy foods that require you to bite down, as they could jar the denture from your gums if you had not used enough adhesive. Chewy foods that could pull your dentures out of your mouth should be avoided as well. Apples, nuts, caramel, taffy, tough pieces of meat, corn on the cob, and other tough to bite foods should be avoided. Stick with soft foods, take small bites, and chew slowly. 

See Your Dentist

The is a chance your dentures were not formed to fit your mouth properly if they continuously fall out of place. In time, your bone structure can shift, making it necessary to have new dentures made to fit your gums properly. Inform your dentist if you are having problems keeping dentures in place so they can assess your current set to see if there is a need for a new one to be constructed. There is also a chance that the dentures have a small rip in the liner causing them to shift easily.

Clean Regularly

It is important to follow a cleaning routine so your dentures do not become full of bacteria and grime. If you do not do regular cleanings, the area you adhere to your gums will become encrusted with a layer of dirt. This will make the adhesive less likely to stick, causing your dentures to fall out easily. Clean your dentures each night while giving your gums a rest so the next day you can smile without worry. A cosmetic dentist, such as one from New Image Cosmetic & Family Dentistry, can help with any necessary further assistance.