Due to disease, injury, or poor oral hygiene, you may have lost several or all of your teeth. Your dentist just fitted you with your new dentures and you know you need to take care of them, but aren’t exactly sure what to do.
Whether you have a full set of dentures or a partial set, they need to be taken care of just like your natural teeth. Caring for your dentures is important to keep them in good shape and fitting properly for the health of your mouth. Aesthetic Family Dentistry is sharing a few tips on how to maintain and clean your dentures below.
Why Dentures Need to be Cleaned and Maintained
Dentures are custom-made dental devices that fit in your mouth to replace your missing teeth. Most dentures are not permanent fixtures and can be put in and taken out as needed.
Your replacement teeth, or dentures, are man-made and designed to look very much like your natural teeth. The materials used are most often acrylic resin or porcelain. These replacement teeth are attached to a full or partial plate made of a flexible polymer (nylon) or chrome cobalt metal.
With partial dentures, along with a dental plate, the replacement teeth may be connected to your natural teeth using metal clips or precision attachments.
Just like your natural teeth, food and plaque can adhere to and collect in the crevices of your dentures. Food particles can also get stuck in the metal clips or attachments used for partial dentures.
A Daily Oral Hygiene Routine is Still Important for Your Natural Teeth
When wearing a partial set of dentures, it’s still important for you to have a good daily oral hygiene routine for your remaining teeth. Always follow your dentist’s direction on routine care for your natural teeth.
If you have a partial set of dentures it’s important for you to take care of your natural teeth, especially when they are used as an anchor for your replacement teeth. The American Dental Association (ADA) recommends brushing your natural teeth at least twice a day, morning and night, with an ADA approved fluoride toothpaste and a soft
toothbrush. Make sure you also gently brush your gums, tongue and inside your cheeks.
Brushing is for Your Dentures, Too
During your daily oral hygiene routine for your natural teeth, you should include care for your partial dentures, too. After brushing your teeth, brush your partial dentures with a soft brush and a non-abrasive dental cleaner. Same as with your natural teeth, this will remove any food particles, plaque or other deposits. Never use the dental cleaner in your mouth.
Once-a-Day Care for your Dentures
Even if all your teeth are made of replacement teeth, they need to be taken care of daily. Just like your natural teeth, or a partial denture, full dentures need to be brushed. At least once a day, brush your full dentures with a soft brush and a non-abrasive denture cleaner. If needed, make sure to clean any dental adhesive from the grooves of the dentures that fit against your gums.
At night, place your dentures in a mild denture soaking solution or in plain water. This helps the dentures stay moist and keep their shape. Always rinse your dentures before putting them back into your mouth, especially if you soaked them in a denture soaking solution.
Maintenance Tips for Your Denture Care
Dentures require a bit more work than natural teeth. But with a bit of practice, the care and maintenance will become habit in no time.
Always remember before handling your dentures to thoroughly wash your hands. This will keep any dirt, grime, debris, or germs from getting onto your dentures and into your mouth.
To keep your dentures clean during the day, after eating remove and rinse them in water. Also, rinse your mouth before placing your dentures back in. Be gentle handling them and being careful not to drop them.
If you do accidentally drop your dentures, have your dentist examine them for any damage. The materials in dentures can be broken, cracked, or bent when mishandled or dropped.
Good Denture Care and Maintenance Includes Dental Visits
With dentures, your regular dental visits are just as important as the ones for your natural teeth. Your gums may change their shape aa the dentures can bend or warp them. Regular dental visits are important to keep your dentures fitting comfortably and well. Ill-fitting dentures can cause damage to your gums and jaw and can make it difficult to eat and talk.
Our professional staff at Aesthetic Family Dentistry can give you more information on ways you can care for and maintain your dentures.