The gag reflex is an automatic and protective response that the body produces to something unexpected or unusual that touches the back of the throat. This reflex is useful because it helps you vomit when needed and prevents you from swallowing potentially harmful foreign bodies. However, some denture wearers find that their dentures can unexpectedly trigger the gag reflex. This unpleasant sensation makes the use of prostheses very uncomfortable.
Gagging is a common symptom of ill-fitting dentures and can be triggered by changes in facial structure, psychological triggers, and physical touch. Fortunately, there are several strategies to manage gagging, such as behavioural therapies, topical medications, and laser therapy. Here are some tips to help you prevent your dental prosthesis from making you nauseous.
Understanding the Gag Reflex
The gag reflex is a neuromuscular action that occurs at the back of the throat. It is usually triggered when a person swallows an object or when they touch something in the back of their throat. This reflex is the body's natural defense against suffocation. However, while wearing an upper dental prosthesis, the denture plate comes into contact with the palate, causing involuntary nausea.
Various medical conditions, medications, and trauma can cause the gag reflex. Some people also have an overly sensitive gag reflex, which can interfere with their daily lives. These individuals may need to talk to their doctors about alternative treatments.
Tips for Preventing Gagging
It's a good idea to breathe through your nose when you have gagging symptoms. This will help you relax and avoid the gag reflex. In addition, you should brush your teeth thoroughly. The back of your tongue is a key stabilizing point when you are wearing dentures. A pinch of salt on your tongue may help alleviate your gagging symptoms.
Getting ill-fitted dentures can cause pain, discomfort, and infection. It is a good idea to have your dentures professionally fitted to ensure a proper fit. If you find that you have a lot of gagging after getting your dentures, you should see your dentist as soon as possible.
The gagging sensation is a natural response to putting something into your mouth. When you put an object into your mouth, it stimulates the saliva glands, which produce saliva to help you process and swallow the object. The saliva will return to its normal levels after a few days.
Dietary Tips for Gagging Dentures
Getting used to gagging dentures can be very difficult. But the good news is that there are dietary tips that will help. The first thing to do is to let your gums get used to the dentures. After a few weeks of using the dentures, you should be able to eat almost anything. If you continue to experience soreness, call your dentist.
Another dietary tip to help you adjust to gagging dentures is to avoid chewing on the front teeth. This can lead to problems, such as food sticking to the back of the denture.
It's important to chew evenly. This will help keep your dentures stable. You should also chew food in small bites. Try to chew on both sides of your mouth to even out the pressure.
When you first begin using dentures, you may experience sore gums. This is because you will be producing more saliva. Try to drink plenty of water to dilute your saliva. You may also notice a difference in the taste of certain foods.
Wait-and-See Approach for Dentures
Getting dentures may be more difficult than you expect. After the teeth are removed, there is a period of time during which the gums and bone heal. This may make it difficult to adjust your dentures. It may also take time for your mouth to adjust to the new prosthesis.
If you have full dentures, they will replace all of your upper and lower teeth. This can be a great option. If you are only missing a few teeth, however, it might be easier for you to get partial dentures. These are made of acrylic and color-matched to the gum tissue around your teeth. These can also be very thin.
The traditional method involves waiting about two to three months before you get your new dentures. These dentures are made to fit into your mouth after the gums and bone heal. This means that you will have to go through several try-in visits. You can also make adjustments to your dentures in the future. These adjustments may help prevent cavities and irritation.
For some people, dentures can instantly trigger the gag reflex. You may have a particularly sensitive gag reflex and you should consider that before putting on a dental prosthesis. If you frequently get nauseous when brushing your teeth or during a normal dental checkup, dentures may be a trigger for you.
Gagging is a common symptom of ill-fitting dentures and can be triggered by changes in facial structure, psychological triggers, and physical touch. Fortunately, there are several strategies available for managing gagging sensations caused by dental prostheses such as behavioural therapies, topical medications, laser therapy, dietary tips and wait-and-see approach for fitting new dentures.