Temperature Sensitivity and Your Dentures – Tips on Staying Comfortable

When you have dentures, it’s essential to stay aware of how different temperatures can affect your comfort. Changes in temperature can cause dentures to shift or even become painful, which can make it hard to eat and talk or even lead to sore spots. Therefore, this blog is going to go over some helpful tips on how to stay comfortable regardless of the temperature changes. Whether you live in a dry climate or are visiting somewhere with extreme temperatures, these tips will help you stay comfortable and maintain your normal activities.

Keep Your Dentures Moist

Dryness is one of the main causes of discomfort when wearing dentures, and it can easily occur in hot or dry environments. Moisture is crucial to keep your dentures in place and avoid slipping or irritation. You can make use of denture adhesive or soaking them in water to keep them moist regularly. You can also use a damp cloth and gently wipe your gums to refresh the moisture in your mouth. Try to avoid hot or warm liquids as they can cause your dentures to expand and produce discomfort.

Avoid Extreme Temperatures

Drastic changes in temperature, whether hot or cold, can affect your dentures. Exposure to extreme heat or cold can cause your dentures to warp, making your bite uncomfortable. Therefore, try to keep your dentures away from extreme temperatures; avoid placing them in hot water or a microwave to sterilize them. Instead, use a denture cleaner or a denture brush and rinse them with cold water.

Stay Hydrated

Drinking plenty of water is essential to keep your mouth moist and support the denture’s stability. Dehydration, particularly in hot climates, can cause the mouth to dry out and cause irritation. Ensure you drink enough water throughout the day to keep yourself hydrated and avoid mouth dryness. Avoid alcohol and standing in the sun for extended periods, which can lead to dehydration.
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Watch What You Eat

It’s essential to watch what you eat, especially when temperatures change. Hard, crunchy, or chewy foods can be more problematic because they require more force to bite and can put more pressure on your dentures, leading to discomfort. Avoid sticky foods like chewing gum or caramel that can get caught between the dentures or tongue. It is also best to avoid foods that are too hot or too cold, which can affect your dentures’ comfort.

Regular Dental Checkups

Going to your denturist twice a year for checkups and maintenance is essential for your overall oral health and your dentures’ comfort. Your dentist will check if your dentures fit well, look for any irritation, or sore spots, which could cause discomfort. They will also clean your dentures appropriately, keeping them in the best condition to avoid any dental issues.
Getting used to wearing dentures can be challenging, especially when it comes to temperature sensitivities. The tips provided in this blog post will help you stay comfortable, whether you live in a hot or cold climate. Maintaining your dentures’ moisture, avoiding extreme temperatures, staying hydrated, watching what you eat, and regular dental checkups can go a long way in keeping your dentures comfortable and maintaining your quality of life. We encourage you to put these tips into practice, so you can continue to enjoy your day-to-day activities without worrying about denture discomfort.

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