To maintain dental health and that of your dentures, you should take proper care of your dentures.
With these guidelines, you can be sure of having a functional and long-lasting denture:
- Use a denture cleaner for cleaning – Avoid cleaning dentures with household cleansers and many kinds of toothpaste as they may be too harsh. Bleach is a no-no. Mild dishwashing liquid or hand soap, as well as ultrasonic cleaners, can be used. Brush your dentures every day.
- Keep dentures safe – Protect your dentures from falling mistakenly by standing over a full sink of water or over a folded towel when handling them. You can get denture repairs if they fall and get damaged.
- Brush and rinse dentures every day – Remove stuck-up food particles, stains, and plaques from your dentures using soft-bristled brush specially designed for it. Avoid using toothpaste and hard brush on dentures to prevent abrasion and damage to the bend attachments or plastic. Rinse your dentures after each meal.
- Store dentures well when not in use – Soak your dentures in water or a denture cleanser soaking solution when you’re not wearing them to avoid dryness and shape loss. Consult your dentist for more help on denture storage.
Repairing dentures yourself
DIY denture repairs can cause permanent damage, so don’t do it yourself. Instead, attend follow-up appointment where your dentist can adjust or do a denture tooth repair. More serious repairs can be done in a special dental laboratory.
Do I need to replace my dentures?
The typical wear and tear and other age-related changes to your dentures will cause it to be relined, remade, or rebased. During a reline or rebase, your dentist will reinstall the denture base or produce a fresh denture base and reuse the current teeth. Full dentures should last between 5 to 7 years before getting a replacement. For denture replacement near me, you can contact us.
If I have dentures, how should I care for my mouth and gums?
That you are using dentures doesn’t stop you from maintaining good oral hygiene. Brush your tongue, gums, and palate with a brush having soft bristles before wearing your dentures. This takes out plaque and triggers circulation in your mouth. Carefully clean the teeth beneath the metal clasps of your denture as plaque trapped under it leads to tooth decay. Should you be using partial denture, take it out before brushing your teeth. It’s important you clean, relax, and massage your gums always. Using lukewarm saltwater, rinse your mouth every day. See us for partial denture repairs should you have a need for it.
If I’m using dentures, how often should I see the dentist?
It’s usually expected that you see your dentist every 6 months, but your dentist can advise you better on the frequency of visits. Going for routine dental visits is crucial so your mouth can be checked out for symptoms of dental diseases, to ensure your denture fits correctly, and to have professional teeth cleaning.