Six common denture problems and how to fix them

Six common denture problems and how to fix them

From slipping to bad breath, there are worries that come with your new set of gnashers. But we have rounded up the answers to your issues

From slipping to bad breath, there are worries that come with your new set of gnashers. But we have rounded up the answers to your issues

Did you know that one in four people in the UK wear full or partial dentures? Or that the average age of a denture wearer is just 43? These facts may be surprising, but they should also be reassuring. If you’re facing up to having dentures fitted, you should know that you’re far from alone.

You may be having trouble adapting to your new dentures – from keeping them in place and preventing slippage to safely removing your dentures and preventing bad breath. The experts at Fixodent have decades of experience in denture care, so here’s their advice to help overcome any problems you may be having with your dentures.

1. Slipping

Normal teeth are anchored firmly into your gums and jaw but dentures require muscle power to keep them in place. The muscles in your lips, cheeks and tongue need to learn to co-ordinate and work together to hold your dentures in position, but initially these muscles might kick your dentures out of place. In fact, 71% of people are scared that their dentures may loosen or pop out unexpectedly when they laugh. To resolve this worry, Fixodent denture adhesives are specially formulated to keep dentures firmly and comfortably in place for up to 13 hours with the minimum of fuss.

2. Soreness or pain

Within a few hours of putting your new dentures in, it’s not uncommon for some soreness to occur. To help reduce any pain, simply rinse your mouth with a solution of salt water. Fixodent denture adhesives don’t just stop dentures slipping, they are also ideal for reducing sore spots and irritation caused by dentures that rub. If pain or soreness persist, visit your dentist to have your dentures carefully adjusted – do not attempt this yourself.

3. Excessive saliva

With new dentures in your mouth, it may feel like your salivary glands are creating much more saliva than your mouth needs. Don’t worry, this is a common experience that will subside once your mouth has adjusted to wearing new dentures. Until then simply swallow more often – sucking on a hard-boiled sweet or mint will help you swallow more naturally.

4. A real mouthful

Because your mouth is so sensitive, when you first start wearing dentures you might feel that they are too big for your mouth. You might also be convinced that they are shunting your lips forward, causing you to be self-conscious about your mouth. This is common but will become less of an issue the more you wear your dentures and the more your muscles get instinctively used to keeping them in place.

5. Halitosis

Without a proper seal, troublesome food and drink particles have a habit of getting behind dentures, where it decays and causes bad breath. Fixodent Dual Protection denture adhesive is not only formulated for keeping dentures in place, it incorporates ‘food seal’ technology. This stops the causes of odours, whilst an anti-bacterial action reduces the spread of any bacteria. The result is clinically proven fresher breath for up to six hours.

6. Dentures no longer fit

If your dentures used to fit perfectly but now sit awkwardly, it’s highly likely that it’s your mouth that’s changed, not your dentures. Gum tissue and your jawbone both deteriorate over time and as your dentures rest and rely on these, they can become loose and uncomfortable. If this happens, visit your dentist for either the adjustment or replacement of your dentures and advice on how to keep dentures in place.

For further help, watch our video on how Fixodent denture adhesive works below:

How long did it take you to adjust to your new dentures? Let us know in the comments section below.

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