Getting dentures doesn’t mean you can neglect your oral hygiene. Maintenance is very important if you want your dentures to serve you over time.
Here are some tips for people wondering how to properly take care of dentures.
Take them out at night
Taking out dentures for the night will allow your mouth tissues to recover. After you take them out, soak them in warm water. You can use a special denture cleaning liquid or a solution of half vinegar and half water. Soaking overnight will keep the dentures clean from stains, bacteria and plaque. If you cannot take them overnight, make sure that you do so at some time during the day for at least a couple hours.
Dentures are expensive, and need to be handled with care as they can easily break. Make sure to put down something soft, such as a folded towel, when cleaning your dentures so that if you drop them, they won’t break. Dentures are sensitive instruments so avoid using any strong or abrasive cleaning substances or hard brushes. Always remember to keep your dentures out of the reach of children or pets.
Having dentures does not mean you can forget about cleaning. Dentures might not be your natural teeth but they need to be washed as stains and bacteria can build up. If you do not clean your dentures they will eventually develop plaque, leading to problems with the tissue underneath. To clean dentures use special brush for dentures or any soft bristled toothbrush. Soap, a mild dishwasher detergent or toothpaste are all good for cleaning them.
Take care of your mouth
Having complete dentures does not exempt you from taking care of your gums. When you take out your dentures, your mouth carefully and massage your gums with a soft-bristle toothbrush. Also remember to take care of your natural teeth if you have partial dentures.
Go to the dentist
Apart from the required follow-up visits to your dentist during the adjustment period, you will also need to see a dentist once every year after that. The dentist will look for changes, and sores and will examine the oral tissue thoroughly. He will also inform you about what you should do to take proper care of your mouth and your dentures.
Contact your dentist if you feel something isn’t right
Do not ignore changes in the fit of your dentures and go to your dentist. After some time the bones and gums might change slightly, causing dentures to fit improperly. Ill-fitting dentures may lead to pain, sores and other problems. Loose dentures may also might also be a sign of periodontal disease. Your dentist can quickly adjust your dentures so they fit properly again.