August 6, 2019
If you’re missing several or even all of your teeth, it can really negatively impact your life. Chewing, talking, and even smiling can become difficult, or downright embarrassing without all of your pearly whites. Fortunately, dentures are a great solution. Thanks to modern dentistry, today’s dentures look and feel more natural than ever before. Read on to learn a we talk about caring for dentures, which can help them last as long as possible.
1. Handle with Care
Don’t be reckless with the way you hold your dentures. Only remove them when standing over a sink full of water or a soft folding towel. If you do drop and break your dentures, don’t try and repair them yourself, as that could actually make matters worse. Instead, call your dentist right away and book an appointment.
2. Brush Them Every Day
Here’s a not-so-fun fact: bits of food and bacteria can get trapped in your dentures just like in natural teeth. Be sure to use a soft-bristled toothbrush so as not to wear down your dentures. Clean every surface you can get to. Additionally, brush your tongue, gums, and palate every morning before you pop your dentures in. This will stimulate blood flow and help prevent harmful plaque from building up.
3. Use Denture Cleaner
Brushing isn’t the only thing you should be doing to keep your dentures clean. There are so many pastes, gels, solutions, creams, etc. that can be used to keep your dentures from accumulating bacteria. As long as you clean them in the first place, it doesn’t really matter which product you employ. Just remember not to use bleached or powdered household cleaners, as that could be abrasive and erode your dentures.
4. Keep Them Wet
Just like natural teeth, dentures need to stay moist to work properly. If your dentures dry out, their shape could start warping, causing them to not fit as well in your mouth. When you take them out at night, soak them in water or a cleanser solution. Remember that the liquid must be cool or lukewarm. Hot water could cause the plastic to change shape, resulting in discomfort when you go to place them back in.
Dentures are a great way to replace missing teeth, whether it’s just a few or a whole arch. Follow these tips to make sure you make the most out of your dentures.
About the Author
Dr. Christopher Pollard is a member of the Texas Dental Association, the American Dental Association, the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, and several other organizations. He is also a graduate of Baylor College of Dentistry, widely regarded as one of the best dental schools in the country. To learn more about how to make your dentures last, contact Dr. Pollard here or at (972) 423-0880.
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