A popular holistic remedy for denture pain is figs. Figs help treat mouth sores associated with wearing dentures. The several nutrients in this fruit also help reduce pain and swelling.
- Cut a fresh fig in half.
- Put one half between your cheek and the sore gums. Keep the inner part of the fig toward the gums.
- Keep it in place for some time.
- Spit out the fig and rinse your mouth with lukewarm water.
- Repeat twice daily until the pain is gone.
10. Maintain Proper Hygiene of Your Mouth and Dentures
To prevent bacteria from residing on your dentures, you must clean them regularly. Proper care will help keep them clean, free from stains and looking their best.
At the same time, even if you use false teeth, you need to maintain oral hygiene to prevent pain and swelling of the gums. Oral hygiene will also reduce bad breath.
- Use a soft toothbrush to clean your dentures, tongue, gums and the roof of your mouth twice daily.
- Always remove your false teeth at night.
- Soak your dentures overnight in water, a denture cleaner or a diluted vinegar solution to loosen debris. Rinse your dentures with water before putting them back in your mouth.
- Whenever possible, remove your dentures after eating and rinse under running water.
- If your dentures do not fit properly in your mouth, consult your dentist.
- If you have trouble speaking after using your dentures for several weeks, consult your dentist.
- Handle your dentures carefully and avoid bending the clasps.
- Eat soft foods during the first few weeks of wearing dentures. You can try soft foods like stews, pasta, vegetable soups, applesauce, pudding and yogurt.
- Make sure you chew your food slowly and thoroughly to reduce gum discomfort.
- Avoid raw, sticky and crunchy foods that can irritate sore gums.
- During the initial weeks of wearing dentures, you may experience decreased saliva production. Suck on a lozenge to increase.
- Do not use any bleaching products, as they can damage dentures. Avoid using toothpicks as well.
- Never use hot or boiling water to clean your dentures as it can distort the shape.
- Have your dentures checked yearly. They typically need to be replaced after a few years of use.