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7 Tips to Stop Your Partial Dentures From Slipping

When you first get partial dentures, they can feel awkward. For example, you may notice them shifting slightly in your mouth as you chew. Try using these tips to help keep your dentures securely in place when you eat, drink and speak.

1. Chew on Both Sides of Your Mouth

Chewing only on one side of your mouth can put uneven forces on your dentures, which can cause them to tilt and shift. Practice chewing on both sides of your mouth to keep your dentures securely in place.

2. Eat Small Pieces of Soft Food 

Biting down on a hard nut or chewy hunk of steak can put a lot of strain on your dentures, which could make them slip. While you're getting used to eating with dentures, stick to soft foods like soup and well-cooked vegetables. Cut your food into small pieces to remove the amount of chewing you have to do.

3. Don't Chew Gum

Gum sticks to dentures and can pull them out of place. Avoid chewing gum and instead suck on sugar-free mints to keep your breath fresh.

4. Keep Dentures Moist

As dentures dry out, they can slightly change their shape. When you take your dentures out at night, keep them moist by soaking them in denture cleaning solution. During the day, sip water to keep your mouth and dentures moist.

5. Use Denture Adhesive

If you've tried the tips above and you're still struggling to keep your partial dentures in place, a denture adhesive could be the solution you need. You can use a denture adhesive paste or powder to keep your dentures in place throughout the day. In either case, you need to clean your dentures and then apply the denture adhesive to the part that is in contact with your gums when you wear them. After applying the adhesive, immediately put the dentures back into your mouth and gently press them into place to create a secure seal.

6. Be Gentle With Your Denture

Applying too much force to your partial dentures can bend them out of shape. Never use force to push them into place; instead, line them up carefully with the gap in your teeth and gently slide them into place.

7. Have Regular Dental Checkups

Over time, the shape of your mouth and gums can change, which can affect the fit of your partial dentures. See your dentist regularly to check the fit of your dentures. Your dentist will let you know when your dentures need to be adjusted or replaced.