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Just had all my top teeth pulled on the 8th and I got a full plate the same day with permeates coming in around 6 months. So I have a few questions that I would like to ask you all that have been wearing dentures. First, I was told by my dentist to brush my dentures with Dawn soap, was wondering if anyone else does this or if there is something better I can use to clean them. Also should I be soaking them with a tablet clearer overnight? And last question I have for now, when my teeth are out I can't stop my tongue from running all around my upper gums, there's no bleeding anymore I just don't know if this is normal, and I'm also afraid of "biting" my upper gums with my bottom teeth. Is that an issue I should worry about? It's been a tough transition learning to talk and eat again. I can't tell you how bad I want a juice burger right now lol. Any advice or tips anyone has please share. It's hard for me to open up, especially on an open forum like this but I'm trying my best, so if this sounds awkward I'm sorry.
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I got full immediate dentures on Feb. 22nd.  My dentist has never said one word about using dawn dish soap on my teeth.  That stuff kills fleas, I would not put it in my mouth.  I do soak mine with a tablet cleaner overnight.  Yeah, it's pretty natural, I think, to feel around where your teeth used to be, especially as things heal.  I don't know about running into your upper gums with your bottom teeth though.  I totally understand about the wanting real food.  If you had your extractions on the 8th, you are five days in.  It will come, as you heal and get used to the dentures you will be able to eat more and more of the food you enjoy.  I have been eating roast beef sandwiches for lunch for a couple of weeks now, with potato chips.  I do cut the sandwich up because immediate dentures don't have the bite ability of permanents.  But, after not being able to eat such a thing for about two years, I will take it any way I can.  Rinse your mouth with warm salt water when you take your dentures out.  It will clean and help with healing.  Keep talking, talk to your pets, your tv, read out loud.  This will help with speaking.  Also, think before you speak and concentrate on forming your words.  I find that when I don't do that, I have issues, maybe only noticeable to me, but I notice.  As you heal and your gum starts to shrink, you will have fit issues.  Do not be afraid to go to the dentist for adjustments.  I went a couple of weeks ago, had some trimming done and got my palate trimmed.  Went back yesterday and had the palate trimmed again, no questions asked.  I also had a gap in the very center of my bottom between the denture and my gum, and it was quite sharp.  My dentist fixed that too.  Is your top plate an immediate?  If so, it will not fit as well as when you get your perm.  Hang in there and never feel sorry for opening up to a group of people experiencing many of the same things.  
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I do brush with dawn and I soak them in denture tablets it seems to help.at first I had a little problems adjusting to my gums ,it like when you get a tooth pulled and it leaves a hole and your touching it  with your tongue , it gets better as time go by , your doing great, it just takes time. rinse your month with warm salt water at times , I hardly had any swelling just a little sore, take care
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My dentist you me to use Dawn when I take them out at night, I don't put it in my mouth. I brush the whole upper plate with Dawn and completely rinse it out after before putting it in a container of water for overnight. I've been using the salt water for a few days now at least twice a day if not more, I was told to try to do it about 4 times a day if I had the chance. I went to work last night for the first time after have them in and money of my friends don't even notice. I'm not sure if they were just saying it or meant it, because I know I sure sounds different to myself and have trouble saying words I never thought I would have. I'm a selector, if you don't know what that is, I basically grab stuff that a system tells me to, to send out to grocery stores for everyone to buy. Our system is talking based, yay right, and I had the hardest time saying x-ray to it. Yes I have immediates right now, I'm supposed to get my perm sometime around October. I've already had one adjustment with my plate and was told to come back in next week to have it trimmed up again. Thank you for your support. I wasn't apologizing for opening up, trust me it is hard for me I never talk about my feelings usually only to my wife, but I was apologizing if it seemed like I was rambling or wasn't making much sense at the end.
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Clydene, how often do you brush with Dawn and soak them with a tablet, is it every night? I completely get that my tongue is just exploring just wanted to make sure that it wouldn't harm my stitches really, which doesn't seem likely at this point. I don't think I'm swelling anymore, just a few sore spots which my dentist said will come and go and adjustments will be needed frequently for the first few months.
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Hi, your doing great, and the tongue thing is completely normal, our brain is basically investigating the change. I can't stop from pushing my tongue up against the roof of my mouth..I have to constantly stop myself...lol
I've read about using Dawn and I have used it occasionally, in addition to using a vinegar and water solution (50/50) soak overnight .. generally only if I have something garlicky. I will only use tablets once or twice a week otherwise I just soak them in water overnight.
Don't be shy ..I've learned all of us on this sight are going through, basically, the same things, your safe here. Keep asking questions even if you think it's weird, because I'd bet someone is either thinking or experiencing the same things. Like I said above, we are all learning and experiencing new things daily. Stay brave, be tenacious, and you will persevere.
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I do the same with the roof of my mouth, mostly when I have my dentures in. How does the 50/50 mix work for you? Is it like white vinegar you use? I don't know if it's weird but I actually like having my dentures in more than having them out. I have a hard time falling asleep at night the past few nights when I talk them out. I have no problem at all falling asleep on the couch with them in tho lol. I've read a few threads in here before I decided to write anything. It was everyone opening up and sharing what they were going though that have me to courage to put my own piece in. I've never been part of a group like this and it's a bit fringing, but I have not read one negative thing on here which is the main reason I decided to write. This whole experience so far has been crazy to me. I'm thankful I have a wonderful wife that has been taking care of me and for people like you that are encouraging me.
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Mine told me that when I get mine, to wash the pink part with mild antibacterial soap for the first couple of days.
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The first few days I just soaked mine in hot water and cleaned the best I could with that. I went to get an adjustment on Thursday and that's when he told me to use Dawn on them. I have been using it since then, to clean the whole thing. I figure we just it on our eating utensils so it can't be that unsafe but I wanted 2nd opinions, is there a specific soap that you will use?
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Hi Rodney, I'm 24 weeks with a full upper, and will get my perms made in 4 weeks, looking forward to that!  I clean my denture with a denture toothpaste and soft dental tooth brush (a babys one), then leave to soak every night in the dental solution. At lunch time (I use Secure adhesive as my immediates are very loose now), I just brush my teeth with a normal toothpaste, and of course leave my denture in while I'm doing that. Have had no scratches noted on my upper plate using normal toothpaste.  It is the weirdest feeling leaving your teeth out overnight because your face does sink in.  But by the end of the evening, your mouth can become achy, and the adhesive does start to loosen, so it's healthy to give your gums a rest.  Once your gums have completely healed, you can gently brush them,  It's also good to brush your top palate, sides of your mouth and tongue, all hints that will help stop you from getting oral thrush, from wearing a denture all day.  Of course, not every one will get it, I just make sure I don't.  All the best on your journey.
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Update, I wanted a burger in the worst way the other day so I got one. It hurt but I ate about half of it before giving up
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i didn't have too much of a problem, try and take smaller bites and slowly chew, i have trouble with pickles and nuts 
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lisa j Llewellyn

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Good for you....I was craving a burger too, not terribly difficult but I was sadly disappointed because it didn't taste the same.....I think I hate that part more than the eating struggles
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Yeah it didn't taste the same but at least it was a burger lol the pain wasn't horrible but was enough to where I couldn't finish it. Even with small bites. I probably shouldn't have even had it yet but oh well. I did it and enjoyed as much of it as I could
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That's the best we can do is try and see what we CAN eat.
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I've heard of the Dawn thing.  I did the tablets.  I don't think you need to do both.  I used a tablet like every other day or so overnight and then brushed them with a denture brush.  The tongue thing is totally normal and shouldn't be an issue just be wary of pulling your stitches out if you poke at it too much.  Since you're a few days out now it shouldn't be a problem.Get used to a journey of exploration because your mouth will change throughout the healing process and every time I would get a major adjustment I would have to learn to speak again with the teeth being moved.  It's amazing how much of a difference a small adjustment of teeth makes with how you form your words.  It's always more noticeable to ourselves.  Each time I thought I sounded terrible again but everyone said they could barely tell.  For the food I pretty much stuck with soft foods for months.  It wasn't worth it to me.  The adhesive never stayed through a meal so I found myself taking them out a lot to eat so I just stuck with soft stuff.  I just found certain things I liked to eat and stuck with them.  Lots of protein shakes and rice pudding for awhile. It just wasn't worth it to have to deal with it for me.  Good luck!  Sounds like you're doing great.