Dentures are a dental appliance that gets a good workout on an average day. In order to keep your false teeth doing exactly what they are meant to do, you have to take care of them.
The cost of dentures can be quite expensive, so it is a good idea to take care of them. The better you care for your dentures, the longer they will last. There are several ways to do this. Here are some tips to assist you with both your dental hygiene and caring for your dentures.
Tips For Caring For Dentures
1. Handle With Care
Proper denture care is very important both for your mouth and dentures. One way to keep your false teeth in good condition is to handle them carefully. The material they are made of can crack, chip and even break if you accidentally drop them. One way to prevent damage to your dentures is to remove them or insert them over a sink with a towel in it. Should the false teeth slip out of your hands, the landing will be softer.
2. Clean With The Right Cleaner
Handle your dentures carefully and as much as possible, remove and rinse dentures after eating. An important part of the cleaning process with dentures is the products used to keep them clean. With many options available it is easy to get confused as to what works and what doesn’t. You are better off using cleansers that are made specifically for false teeth. They have been formulated for this purpose so you won’t damage your false teeth by using them.
3. Brush Dental And Rinse Daily
Just like you once did with your natural teeth to keep them clean and healthy, you must keep the same routine with dentures. Dentures must be clean and brushed to remove plaque and food. By keeping them clean with daily brushing and rinsing, you remove food particles that could later develop into plaque or cause some other issue with your oral hygiene. It also keeps your dentures looking their very best. In brushing, handle the denture with care to avoid damage and in between brushing don’t forget to rinse your false teeth every after meals.
4. Do Not Attempt To Fix Yourself
Dentures are molded to fit properly in your mouth. Over time they may not fit as well and when this happens you should see your dentist. Only the dentist can fix damaged dentures, always keep that on the mind. They have the tools available to realign your false teeth so that they quit slipping which can lead to gum or mouth irritation. Trying to fix your dentures yourself can be dangerous to your health. Fixing false teeth incorrectly may cause other hazards. Never try to fix them yourself as you may end up causing additional damage.
5. Do Not Let Them Dry Out
When you are not wearing your dentures you need to store them in conditions that are similar to being in your mouth. This is why soaking them overnight in a cleaning solution is common. Overnight soaking in an effective solution can kill denture germs. Should your false teeth dry out they can become brittle and crack or break easily. They become warped when you let them dry which cause them not to fit anymore. If they are kept damp they will retain their shape and last much longer.
6. The Average Lifespan of Dentures
Under normal use, a full denture should last about five or seven years. However, there are times when the set you have may require adjustments. The adjustments can vary depending on your needs. If you gum line changes in any way you may require a denture relining to basically ‘re-fit’ the false teeth to your mouth. Rebasing is similar only a new base is used with the existing teeth.
7. Keep Up Your Oral Care
Always keep your teeth and gums healthy. It is very important to keep a routine on a daily basis. Without the proper oral care, people may experience fitting issues. It is still important to brush your gums, the roof of your mouth and tongue even if you have full dentures. By using a soft-bristled brush each morning on these areas you can remove plaque preventing it from building up and causing issues. Plus, the stimulating motion of the brushing increases blood circulation in your mouth which is a healthy thing to have to happen.
8. Don’t Forget To See The Dentist
Follow your dentist’s recommendation for a regular dental checkup. Even when you have false teeth you still need to keep up with your regular dental check ups. A regular dental visit is vital in preserving a good dental health. With a visit once every six months your dentist can monitor your mouth and gums to watch out for any kind of oral disease. Plus, the fit of your dentures can be examined and adjusted when necessary to prevent discomfort and slippage. Your dentist can also professionally clean your false teeth for you.
9. Avoid Harsh Abrasives
When cleaning your false teeth do your best to use only those products that are recommended for use with dentures. Hard-bristled toothbrushes and regular toothpaste can both cause damage to the material your dentures are made from. There are toothbrushes that are specifically designed for cleaning false teeth. Also, when rinsing them clean do not use hot water as this may cause your false teeth to warp out of shape. Only use denture cleaners that are recommended for false teeth, harsh toothpaste may be too abrasive for your dentures.
Proper Care With Keep You Smiling For Years
Teeth, gums, your oral cavity, and your dentures can last for later years if you give extra care and attention to them. Without proper care, germs can accumulate in the mouth and can cause oral issues. Follow the tips above to keep your smile radiant for the years to come.
False teeth are like anything… If you take care of how you handle, use and store them, your dentures can last you a long time with little or no problems. They are designed to be easy to care for as long as you follow the guidelines your dentist gives you when you first receive your uppers, lowers or partials. With careful handling, you will have a perfect smile for a long time.