How to Take Care of Your Dentures
Dentures are a traditional treatment for replacing missing teeth and are still a very common treatment today. They can be used to replace a section of teeth, partial dentures, or an entire arch of teeth. They are a removable prosthesis that is designed to sit directly on your gums. With dentures, you can eat many of your favorite foods again, speak properly, and smile confidently. For your dentures to function properly, however, they require special daily care. Fairmount Dental Center is here to help.
Before You Remove Your Dentures
While your dentures are fairly strong, allowing you to enjoy many of the favorite foods you once enjoyed before tooth loss, they can still be broken or damaged if not handled properly. Before removing your dentures, it is important that you first lay down a folded towel on the counter or fill your bathroom sink with water. This will provide a buffer if you accidentally drop your dentures, reducing the risk for damage.
Cleaning Your Dentures
Dentures need to be removed and cleaned every night to remove plaque, bacteria, and any other debris that may have collected during the day. When you brush your dentures, be sure to use a soft-bristled toothbrush and denture paste or soap and water. Do not use toothpaste, which contains abrasives that can scratch your dentures. Even microscopic scratches can harbor bacteria that can cause oral health complications.
Storing Your Dentures Overnight
After brushing your dentures, they should be stored overnight while you sleep. Leaving your dentures out while you sleep is essential for giving your gums a break. Your dentures should be left to soak in either water or a denture cleaning solution. Soaking them prevents them from drying out and warping. Avoid using hot water, as this, too, can cause your dentures to warp. Keep your dentures stored in a safe location away from pets and children.
Taking Care of the Rest of Your Mouth
After cleaning your dentures, it is essential that you take care of the rest of your mouth as well. Brush and floss your healthy teeth. Gently brush your gums as well. Even without teeth, plaque and bacteria can still collect and contribute to gum disease. You should also take care to brush your tongue and other intraoral tissues. Make sure that you brush your teeth and gums again in the morning before setting your dentures back in place.
What if My Dentures Need Maintenance?
If your dentures feel awkward, you notice the teeth have come loose, or your denture has chipped or broken, it is important to call and schedule an appointment right away. While some stores sell denture repair kits, it is essential that you do not attempt to fix your dentures on your own. This can cause more significant issues and even cause your dentures to break completely, resulting in the need for a brand-new denture. If you notice anything amiss about your dentures, we can determine the issue and repair, or replace, your dentures as necessary.
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With proper denture care, you will be able to bite, speak, and smile confidently. If you have any questions or concerns about the care of your dentures, call Fairmount Dental Center at (503) 967-0877 for more information today.