8 Tips to Care For Your Dentures
Getting dentures is a great decision and a long lasting investment to your oral health- giving you the dazzling smile you’ve always wanted. Like with most investments, proper care should be taken to protect it for as long as possible.
Here are 8 tips on how best to care for your dentures:
Denture care tip 1: Brush with a denture brush, not a toothbrush
Toothbrushes can be damaging to dentures which is why we advise you use a soft bristled brush – designed specifically for dentures, made to target those hard to reach places. It is important to note that unlike your teeth, dentures are made of plastic and care needs to be taken to prevent them from getting scratched. Not only do scratches look ascetically unpleasing, but it provides a place for germs to gather, making it unhygienic and often resulting in bad breath.
Denture care tip 2: Your dentures should be cleaned every day
While cavities and decay are non-existent for denture users, this does not mean that the device does not need to be cleaned. Just like your natural teeth, dentures gather bacteria caused by plaque build-up. Not only is this bad for your overall health but it can cause severe bad breath or gum disease.
Denture care tip 3: Avoid toothpaste
Toothpaste is usually too harsh a substance to clean your dentures. We would rather recommend that you use a mild cleaning agent that should be prescribed by your dentist.
Denture care tip 4: Rinse dentures after every meal
Ultimately, gum disease is caused when bacteria from your mouth enter your gums and result in swelling and inflammation. This could be increasingly uncomfortable for denture users, making it difficult to wear the device in the first place. Rinsing your dentures after every meal assists in preventing bacterial build up.
Denture care tip 5: Soak your dentures overnight
When you are not using your dentures, they must be kept moist at all times to prevent them from drying out. So when you remove them before bed, we advise that you soak them in a jar of cool water or a prescribed cleanser.
Denture tip 6: Replace when needed
Your dentures can last up to eight years, but will eventually change shape. This is the first sign that your dentures may need to be replaced.
Denture tip 7: Protect your dentures
Although the device is fairly strong, it is advisable to keep them in a safe place when they are not in your mouth.
Denture tip 8: Visit your dentist regularly
Regular dentist visits can help prevent and reduce your chances of contracting serious problems like gum disease. While using dentures, you still need to maintain good oral health and follow more or less the same basic rules as you would with your natural teeth.
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