Whether you are new to dentures or whether you are an existing denture wearer, here are five of the most essential denture care tips:
Handle dentures with care
While not cheap by any means, dentures can break easily if not treated with the proper care. To help make sure that they don’t break, consider cleaning them over a bowl of water or a folded towel to break the fall if you accidentally drop them. Avoid using toothpicks while wearing your dentures and keep them out reach of pets and young children.
Clean dentures daily
Dentures should be brushed and rinsed on a daily basis to remove food and to prevent the build-up of plaque in much the same way that it is important to do so with natural teeth. This can be done using denture either a quick clean solution, or more intense overnight cleaning solution available from websites such as Polident. Dentures should be brushed using a soft-bristled brush, designed specifically to clean dentures. This is because a brush with hard bristles can damage or erode dentures. When you brush your dentures you should take care not to bend the attachments or damage the plastic. In addition, you should rinse dentures following every meal.
See your dentist
As in the case of regular teeth, it is essential to receive dental check-ups on a frequent basis – dentists recommend at least once a year – in order to keep your gums, tongue and cheeks, as well as any remaining teeth healthy. Such examinations will allow your dentists to spot any infections, conditions or cancers at the earliest stages.
If you wear full dentures you should consult with your dentist in order to determine how often that you should visit. With the right amount of professional consultation, you can be one of many Canadians who will wear their dentures with confidence.
Look for changes in the fit of your dentures
If you do commit to regularly cleaning your dentures and to handling them with care, they should last a long time – several years at least. Even so, your dentures will need to be adjusted to accommodate changes in your mouth in much the same way that new clothes may need to be bought to accommodate changes in body shape. The ridges of bones and gums can shrink, which if happens can cause your upper and lower jaws to change the way that they meet.
As your dentures are made specifically to accommodate the shape and movement of your mouth, if these things change and the dentures are left unadjusted, this could cause a number of problems, ranging from discomfort, sores and infections, or even angular cheilitis. It is also worth noting that badly fitting dentures can also cause problems with speech and the ability to eat.
Look after your whole mouth
You still need to look after your gums, even if you have no remaining natural teeth. This is to prevent gum recession and gum disease. When removing your dentures at night, rinse out your mouth and lightly massage your gums with a soft toothbrush/denture brush or even a washcloth.