People with dentures want to keep living normal lives, especially younger people with dentures. This includes work and play, and it includes not only looking sexy, hopefully without lipstick on your dentures, but also maintaining a normal, healthy relationship with a romantic partner, whether it’s a spouse of 40 years or a new fling. Kissing is an important part of any romantic relationship, but unfortunately many denture wearers find they aren’t willing or able to kiss once they get their dentures.

But there’s no reason why this has to be you — if you want to, you can still kiss and much or as passionately as ever with false teeth, whether it’s partial dentures or full dentures.

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Problems with Partial Dentures

Partial dentures pose a special challenge for kissing. They tend to be secured to your natural teeth with hooks or clasps, which is secure enough for many things, but it might not be enough for kissing.

The first problem is that puckering your lips creates suction that can dislodge dentures. In addition, pressure against your partner can dislodge the denture.

Finally, if tongues are involved (french kissing), your partner might not be accustomed to the presence of the hooks or clasps, and may either be scraped or simply startled. Tongues can dislodge these partial dentures, and, in the heat of the moment, it’s possible that dislodged dentures can be swallowed — by either partner!

Problems with Complete Dentures

Complete dentures have many of the same problems as partial dentures. They’re even more likely to be dislodged with suction — that’s all that holds them on in the first place. Complete dentures are also more likely to be dislodged by pressure against your partner, which can cause the denture wearer to gag.

How to Kiss with Dentures

However, it’s possible to overcome the challenges and enjoy kissing with dentures.

First, tell your partner about your dentures, if they don’t already know. It’s best to avoid surprises, and while they won’t always be able to tell, if they find out on their own, it can feel like a betrayal. This can help both of you enjoy kissing more. Try to be aware of the suction you create when puckering your lips. Keep it down to a minimum — kissing with parted lips reduces the suction.

Be aware of what motions and actions tend to dislodge your dentures so you can avoid these. And here’s the best advice: practice, practice, practice. You’ll get better at it.

But if your dentures just get in the way too much, consider taking them out for kissing. Not ideal, but sometimes necessary.

Better Dentures for Better Kisses

Not all dentures are loose and likely to fall out while kissing. If you get better fitting dentures, you won’t have to worry about them as much. Better yet, implant dentures can be fully secured so that they won’t become dislodged. They are even less bulky so that they interfere less with kissing. For partial dentures, you might benefit from considering flexible partial dentures. They won’t be more secure, but the flexible plastic won’t scrape or poke either of you when french kissing.

If you are looking for dentures in Columbia, SC that don’t interfere with your lifestyle, please call (803) 781-9090 for an appointment with a denture dentist at Smile Columbia Dentistry.