If you have chosen dentures for teeth replacement, it is crucial that you learn proper denture care in order to get more out of your investment.
How do you take proper care of your dentures?
Handle them with care
Dentures can be easily damaged when you accidentally drop them. Before you remove them, make sure that you put something beneath you, like a towel, that will serve as a cushion if your dentures fall accidentally.
Brush and rinse your dentures properly
Like regular teeth, dentures need to be cleaned in order to remove food debris and the plaque that may have built up. Regular cleaning can also prevent permanent stains from developing.
Dentures should be cleaned every day using a brush with soft bristles. However, do not use regular toothpaste. Regular toothpaste and other household cleaners can damage your dentures so avoid using these. Instead, use recommended denture cleaners. Make sure that you gently brush all the surfaces of your dentures.
If you cannot brush your dentures, you can rinse them after eating.
Keep your dentures moist
If you are not going to wear your dentures, you will need to soak them in either water or a denture cleanser solution. Avoid soaking your dentures in hot water as this can damage them.
Repairs and adjustments
If you break your dentures or if your gums and mouth become irritated due to improper fit, schedule a visit to your dentist. Under no circumstance should you attempt to adjust or repair your own dentures as you can damage them.
Taking care of your remaining teeth and gums
Even if you have lost some teeth, it is important that you take care of your remaining teeth as well as your gums.
If you are wearing full dentures, make sure that you brush your gums and tongues, especially in the morning before you wear your dentures. This will help keep plaque at bay and help improve the circulation in your mouth.
If you are wearing partial dentures, you will need to remove these before brushing your teeth and gums. Pay special attention to the areas where the dentures’ clasps fit as plaque can build up in these areas.
Visit your dentist regularly
After getting your dentures, your dentist will tell you how often you will need to visit the dental clinic. Typically, those visits are scheduled six months apart.
Apart from checking the fit and condition of your dentures, your dentist will also examine your overall oral health and clean your teeth professionally.
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