If you are missing some or all of your natural permanent teeth, then you may be using dentures. The two most commonly used dentures are partial and full dentures.
Partial dentures are used when there are a few natural teeth that remain and complete dentures are used when the patient is missing all of their natural teeth.
No matter what type of dentures you use, both require special care to ensure that your dentures are well looked after and last you for years to come.
Here are some of the top tips for your denture care:
Give your dentures a break:
Whenever possible, take your dentures out before going to sleep to give your mouth tissues a chance to recover and take a break.
If it is not possible for you to take out to dentures while you sleep, then it is highly recommended that you remove them for at least 7 hours at another time of the day. Unless advised by your dentist, your dentures should not permanently stay in your mouth during all hours of the day.
When your dentures are not in use, be sure to soak them in either warm (not hot) water or denture cleaners, especially if your dentures contain metal clasps. As you should never let your dentures completely dry out as this can ruin the integrity of the framework, soaking your dentures for extended periods of time not only avoid this, but it will help to remove stains, plaque and tartar from the dentures, ensuring a healthy mouth.
Handle your dentures with care:
Dentures are extremely fragile and delicate and should be handled with extreme caution. Dentures are prone to breaking when dropped so it is important that when you are inserting, removing or handling your dentures that do so carefully.
Wherever possible, stand over a basin to reduce the height of the fall, or hold the dentures over a folded towel to soften the landing of the dentures should an accident occur.
When wearing the dentures, never use a toothpick and when cleaning them, only use soft bristle brushes and non-abrasive cleaners. By doing so, you place your dentures at risk of permanent and irreversible damage.
You should also be aware of where you place your dentures when they are not in use. Never leave your dentures on the edge of a counter or in the reach of young children or pets who may knock them over.
Clean them daily:
There is a misconception that because dentures are not natural, real teeth that they don’t need to be cleaned as regularly. In reality, they need to be cleaned just as often as your natural teeth would. Dentures can still be stained and experience a buildup of tartar and bacteria, which can affect your overall oral health.
If your dentures are affected by plaque, it can lead to issues with your gum tissues and in some cases, even cause infection and irritation.
Be sure to brush your dentures with a soft bristle toothbrush, preferably separate to the one that you use on your natural teeth. You may also opt to use a special denture cleaning brush and cleaning solution. Alternatively mild and non-abrasive toothpaste is a great choice to clean your dentures.
Care for your whole mouth:
No matter if you have partial or complete dentures, you need to care for your mouth and gums to maintain optimal oral health. Ensure that when you are removing your dentures that you clean your entire mouth.
Begin by rinsing out your mouth and then either use a washcloth or a soft bristle toothbrush to clean your gums, tongue, the roof of your mouth and cheeks.
It is also important to remember that if you use partial dentures, that your remaining natural teeth should still be brushed and flossed regularly, every day.
Visit your dentist regularly:
No matter whether you have partial or complete dentures, you still need to maintain regular dental checkups and pay a visit to your dentist at least once a year.
By seeing your dentist for regular checkups, they can maintain and monitor your oral health to ensure that no serious diseases or conditions have developed and that your mouth is healthy. The dentist will also provide you with an oral hygiene care plan to follow in between visits.
Monitor your dentures for any changes in the fit:
Should you be experiencing any changes to the fit of your dentures, or they simply just don’t feel right in your mouth anymore, you should take a trip to visit your dentist.
Over time, your mouth, gums and bones can shift which can lead to an improper fit of your dentures.
When dentures are not fitted correctly, they can cause a plethora of problems such as pain, burning, irritation and in some cases can even lead to infections. Your dentist will be able to adjust your dentures to ensure that they are fitted correctly to your mouth so you can continue to complete daily activities such as eating and drinking, as you normally would.
If you are thinking about dentures and want to achieve the best results, then get in touch with Direct Denture Care today and receive quality dentures. Simply call us to book an appointment or to request more information about your oral health.
Balcatta WA: Phone: (08) 9440 1540
Hillarys WA: Phone: (08) 9401 1195