Dentures are cosmetic prosthesis, which are meant to aid in chewing and biting. Individuals who have lost all their teeth, especially elderly, use dentures. Dentures are customized to fit the jaw line. Unfortunately, in some cases, dentures are associated with pain.
Causes Of Denture Pain
- Most common cause for denture pain is ill fitted dentures.
- Occasionally, however, nutritional deficiencies can lead to ulcers on the gums and cheeks.
- Denture pain may also be attributed to bone damage, especially due to osteoporosis.
- Secondary infections in the oral cavity due to poor hygiene can also attribute to pain.
Home Remedies For Denture Pain Relief
Here are some useful home remedies and natural treatments that can help to deal with denture pain. Using a single option can have limited effectiveness. However using a combination of two or more suggested remedies can have a lasting effect.
- Fresh figs are most effective remedies to deal with mouth sores.
- Consume soft foods, especially immediately after getting your new dentures. Crushed peas, boiled potatoes, stews, pastas, soups, etc are easier to chew. This in turn puts less strain on the gums that are just getting adjusted to the new dentures. Simple puddings and gelatin can also have a soothing effect. Gradually introduce semi soft foods, before resuming a normal diet.
- Herbal mouth wash comprising of aniseed and peppermint is very effective. To two cups of warm water add one tablespoon of crushed aniseed and equal amounts of peppermint leaves. Rinse the mouth with this herbal solution about twice a day. This helps keep the mouth protected from bacterial growth and prevents injuries to the gum. Some experts recommend the use of myrrh tincture to improve efficacy of the herbal mouthwash.
- Clove is also effective in alleviating symptom of aching gums. Cloves help disinfect the gums, prevent build up of bacteria and hasten the healing of the gums. Cloves can be consumed as a powder or can be applied locally after being moistened with olive oil.
- Salt water gargling is considered extremely effective as it helps flush out plaque. Additionally, salt is alkaline, which prevents bacteria from multiplying. It also has a soothing effect on the gums. Spit out the residue after gargling.
- Keep the dentures clean and wash them regularly after removing them. Use plain soap and warm water to wash the dentures regularly.
- Once in a fortnight, give your mouth some rest. Avoid putting on your dentures for an entire day, to allow the gums to heal. Have a soft diet on such days.
- Ensure that you get your dentures checked yearly and get them relined them once in two to three years. It is recommended to have the dentures replaced every five years.
- Supplement your diet with Vitamin D, Calcium, Magnesium and Phosphorous. These minerals and vitamins are vital to improve bone health and prevent osteoporosis. This ensures that the jaw line supporting the dentures is strong and healthy.