Dentures are the traditional treatment for replacing missing teeth and are still a fairly common treatment used today. They are a removable prosthesis that is made from impressions of your mouth. They consist of an acrylic, gum colored base and acrylic resin teeth. With dentures, you can smile more confidently, eat many of your favorite foods again, and speak properly. However, for your dentures to function optimally, they require special care. Keith A. Boenning, DDS can help.
How to Handle Your Dentures
Your dentures are made from high-quality materials and are quite strong. They enable you to eat a wide variety of your favorite foods once again. While strong, they still need to be handled with care. Before removing your dentures, lay a folded towel on your bathroom counter or fill your sink with water. This will provide cushion just in case you accidentally drop your denture, preventing cracks or other serious damage that can affect the functionality of your replacement teeth.
Cleaning Your Dentures
Your dentures need to be cleaned every night. This is essential for removing plaque and bacteria buildup that can lead to serious oral health issues like gum disease. After removing your dentures, brush them gently with a soft-bristled toothbrush and denture paste or soap and water. Do not use toothpaste as regular toothpaste contains abrasives that can cause microscopic scratches on your dentures. These scratches can then harbor bacteria that can harm your oral health.
Soaking Dentures Overnight
After cleaning your dentures, it is important that you soak them overnight. Leave them in a glass of denture cleaning solution. Soaking is essential for keeping your dentures moist. If they dry out, they can warp, which will then affect their fit and their effectiveness. Warped dentures can also lead to painful sores and other issues. Make sure that the water you use to soak your dentures is not too hot, as hot water can also cause warping. Store the glass in a safe location away from curious children or animals to avoid your dentures from getting knocked over or lost.
Taking Care of Your Mouth
After you have finished cleaning your dentures, it is important that you take care of the rest of your mouth. Brush and floss any remaining teeth as normal. You should also take the time to gently brush your gums, your tongue, and your other intraoral tissues. This is essential for eliminating all another buildup in your mouth that can lead to decay, cavities, and gum disease. In the morning, clean your mouth again and rinse your dentures off before setting them back into place.
What if My Dentures Need Repairs?
If something happens to your dentures that requires a repair, it is important that you do not attempt to fix these issues yourself. Attempting to repair your dentures on your own can cause accidental damage that can affect their fit and effectiveness. Bending metal clasps can cause them to become weak. If you notice any damage to your dentures, or you feel that they feel awkward or uncomfortable, it is important that you call us right away to schedule an appointment.
Taking care of your dentures is essential for ensuring that your dentures function properly as well as for maintaining a healthy mouth. If you have any questions about proper care for your dentures, give Keith A. Boenning, DDS a call today at (410) 828-1717.