Dentures provide an affordable way to replace missing teeth. Partial dentures replace a few teeth, while complete dentures replace all your teeth.
Whether partial or complete, dentures require care. They are susceptible to damage when you neglect them. Conversely, they can serve you for years with the proper care. You may even extend their lifespan to seven or up to ten years. Here are some tips to help you take care of your dentures.
Do not let debris and particles build up on your dentures. Place a towel in the sink. It will prevent your dentures from breaking when they hit the sink. Let enough water run over the dentures to remove all the bits of food. Otherwise, the debris may decompose and lead to bacterial buildup, bad breath, and sores.
Brush your dentures at least twice a day. Use a soft-bristled brush with a specific cleaner for dentures. Regular toothpaste is abrasive to dentures and can wear away the material. It damages them over time. Ask your dentist for recommendations of the denture cleaner and check which is suitable at your store.
When brushing your dentures, place a towel on the sink to protect them. Rinse out the debris and gently brush them using the
cleaner. Do this twice daily and rinse them thoroughly before placing them back in your mouth.
Dentures need to stay moist to keep their shape. Thus, it is vital to prevent your dentures from drying by soaking them. You can use a mild denture-soaking solution or some warm water. Ensure that the water is not hot. Hot water will warp or cause your dentures to lose shape.
Make sure not to bend the plastic or damage the clasps as you clean your dentures. Mind the seal and use the proper adhesive to connect your gums and dentures. Otherwise, you will allow debris between the gaps. A firm seal ensures that saliva production is optimal. It keeps your breath fresh. Saliva also cleanses your mouth and provides hydration for your dentures.
Having dentures does not mean you do not need to go for regular checkups. On the contrary, they need a professional to check and clean them. During the checkup, the dentist will also check whether they fit to prevent slippage and discomfort.
The dentist will also check the inside of your mouth. It includes natural teeth, gums, tongue, and other soft tissue. It ensures you do not have plaque, cavities, sores, or any signs of gum disease. Regular checkups will keep your mouth healthy and care for your dentures.
You do not have to wait until your next dental checkup if your dentures are uncomfortable. It may cause complications that the doctor can deal with sooner rather than later. So if your dentures do not fit or you experience discomfort, visit your dentist. Loose dentures can irritate. You can also get infections and sores, which can compromise dentures.
For more information on denture care tips, visit Clarity Dental Center for Implant and Family Dentistry at our Federal Way, Washington office. Call (253) 799-1490 to schedule an appointment today.