June 10, 2019
Taking care of your natural teeth involves regular brushing, flossing, and trips to the dentist. As you might know by now, denture care is a lot different from that. Sure, you still have to brush your gums and clean your dentures, but there are a few extra things you need to keep in mind. Read more to learn 5 don’t of caring for your dentures.
1. Don’t Drop Them
It’s a lot easier and more common to drop dentures than you might think. Never remove your dentures unless you’re standing over a sink or a hand towel lining the floor. That way, there will be some cushioning in case of a fall. Handle your dentures carefully, as a fall can cause them to not fit correctly.
2. Don’t Ignore Them If They Fit Incorrectly
There’s a stereotype that dentures simply aren’t supposed to fit properly, but that’s just not true. Dentures should be comfortable and fit snugly on your gums. If it’s been a few years since you’ve gotten your dentures, visit your dentist. Your jawbone may have changed over time, as it does when you’re missing teeth. Your dentist should be able to resize your dentures to make them fit as comfortably as possible.
3. Don’t Neglect the Rest of Your Mouth
As mentioned above, you still need to take care of your gums and tongue, even if you have no teeth left. Before you insert your dentures in the morning, brush your gums, tongue, and palate with a soft-bristled toothbrush. This will not only stimulate circulation in those areas, but will prevent plaque from building up and causing gum disease. It will also keep your breath nice and fresh.
4. Don’t Use Toothpaste to Clean Your Dentures
Cleaning your mouth with toothpaste is perfectly fine, but it can actually be abrasive to your dentures and wear them down. The artificial teeth in dentures are made from softer materials than actual teeth, so products intended for teeth can actually damage them. Stick to a denture cleaning solution and let them soak in that every night.
5. Don’t Let Them Dry Out
Most dental professionals will recommend sleeping without your dentures in because it gives your gums a chance to rest. Soak them in a cleaning solution or lukewarm water every night. Hot water can warp the plastic, so be sure the water isn’t too warm. Also, if the dentures are dry, they can wrap or crack, so be sure to keep them moist at all times.
Taking care of your dentures is actually pretty easy if you follow the advice listed above. If you need more tips, don’t hesitate to ask your dentist.
About the Author
Dr. J. Benjamin Patrick has almost 40 years of experience treating patients in the Athens, GA community. He is a graduate of the Medical College of Georgia School of Dentistry and a member of the American Dental Association. If you think you might be interested in dentures, contact the doctor at (706) 546-8720.
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