Dentures are said to last around six years but can be made to last longer with proper care.
Many of our patients ask us for tips on how to maintain and clean dentures. It’s important to be aware of such tips if you wish your dentures to last longer. Moreover, it’s important for your overall health as well since not keeping your dentures clean can cause you to get sick.
Let’s have a look at how you can maintain and clean your dentures.
Listen to Your Dentist’s Advice
Your dentist will give you tips on how to maintain and clean your dentures. While dentures don’t need any special care, your dentist may ask you to stay away from certain activities, such as biting too hard, etc.
Make sure to follow all the tips and to ask questions, if you have any. Moreover, ask your dentist for tips on how to handle the dentures; this is important because they can get damaged if you don’t handle them with care.
Pre-Wash And Post-Wash Your Denture When You Eat Something
We eat a variety of foods every day but tend to neglect the fact that food particles can get stuck in our teeth. Food can get stuck in dentures too.
Dentures should be rinsed thoroughly after you eat something, be it a meal or just a piece of chocolate. Failing to do so can cause your dentures to develop germs and bacteria that can lead to other health issues.
Brush Your Denture Regularly
If you want your dentures to last longer, then you need to keep your oral hygiene in check. When we talk about oral hygiene, brushing your dentures comes first.
Brushing at least twice a day will eliminate the particles that can damage your dentures. In addition to this, make sure to floss once a day.
There are many denture brushes available that are soft and bristled. These brushes don’t only keep the dentures clean but also prevent them from getting stained.
Note: Always use a non-abrasive toothpaste to prevent your dentures from getting scratched.
Soak Your Dentures in Water Once A Day
Dentists recommend you soak your dentures when you go to bed so that your gums and other muscles in the mouth can rest. Place your dentures in water when you remove them. If you keep your dentures in the open space, they may catch germs and other microscopic bacteria that may cause you to get sick.
You can prevent this from happening by keeping dentures in denture water overnight. However, make sure to rinse and dry the dentures before placing them in your mouth.
Visit Your Dentist Twice a Year
You should check in with your dentist every six months to ensure that your dentures are in good condition.
Our gums change their shape from time to time, which is why it’s important to get our dentures adjusted accordingly. Your dentures may get loose if you fail to do so, and may even come off. So, make sure to pay a visit to your dentist every six months.
For more tips on how to care for your dentures, feel free to get in touch with Aesthetic Family Dentistry at 480-515-0404.