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Soothing Denture Discomfort: How to Get Rid of Pesky Denture Sores

February 9, 2024

Filed under: UncategorizedMatt Mauck @ 6:04 pm
Man holding his cheek due to denture sores

Dentures are a treatment that often restores quality of life. They can not only give back a brilliant smile but also the functionality of your teeth to eat delicious food and talk with loved ones. However, there are times when the prosthetics can be rough on your mouth and cause denture sores.

If you’re dealing with these irritating ulcers, or if you want to prevent them, continue reading. You’ll learn some great tips to keep your dentures comfortable.

Have Your Dentures Adjusted

One of the primary causes of denture sores is a prosthetic that doesn’t quite fit. If your dentures are causing discomfort, it may be time for an adjustment. Your dentist can have them evaluated and either have them relined or replaced to ensure a comfortable fit. This can reduce pressure points and minimize the likelihood of developing sores.

Use a Salt and Water Rinse

A saline rinse can help soothe sore spots and promote healing by inhibiting oral bacteria. Mix a teaspoon of table salt in a glass of warm water to start. Then, swish the solution around your mouth for about 30 seconds and spit it out. This type of treatment is simple, but effective if done a few times a day.

Step Up Your Oral Hygiene

Another reason dentures sores form is irritation from food particles and bacteria due to poor oral hygiene. To get back on track, be sure you’re taking your dentures out to clean them at least twice per day. Use a soft toothbrush and colorless hand soap to scrub every surface until it’s squeaky clean. You should also brush any natural teeth you have and your tongue, gums, and cheeks with regular toothpaste.

Manage Pain with Generic Medication

Over-the-counter pain relievers and topical numbing gels are great for providing temporary relief from denture sores. Be sure to follow the instructions on the product packaging when you use them. Also, make sure you’re using these in conjunction with other treatments. Treating the source of the problem is better than masking the symptoms.

Give Your Gums a Break

If you use your dentures often, consider taking them out while you’re not using them at home to give your gums a break. Removing your dentures for a few hours each day can allow your gums to rest and heal on their own.

If, after following these tips, you continue to experience persistent or severe denture sores, it may be time to see your dentist. They can pinpoint the cause of your sores and recommend more specific treatments. With the right approach, you can find relief from denture-related sores and go back to enjoying a life of comfort and smiles.

About the Practice

Dentures sores got you down? At Mauck & Ricci, DDS, you’ll find a dedicated and passionate dental team headed by Dr. Matt Mauck and Dr. Andrew Ricci. They are talented dental professionals who truly enjoy working with their patients to keep their smiles bright and healthy. Their practice uses the latest dental technology to make your treatment efficient, affordable, and pain-free. Call (303) 745-1400 to schedule a denture consultation or visit the website to explore other services.

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