Dentures offer a wonderful way to complete a smile that has been affected by substantial tooth loss. They can be partial or complete, depending on the extent of your tooth loss and the health of your remaining teeth. Taking care of your dentures isn’t so difficult once you get used to it — but there are a few specific things to keep in mind as you maintain your new prosthetic. Find the top 6 steps for denture care below.
#1: Rinse after Eating
A partial or complete denture that fits just like it should supports a balanced and nutritious diet. You should wear it while you eat, and once you are finished, remove and rinse the denture. Swish water or a mouth rinse around your mouth, too. This simple step will remove food particles and help prevent plaque and tartar buildup (which can happen on prosthetic teeth, as well).
#2: Handle Carefully
Dentures are sturdy enough to withstand the normal pressure that natural teeth encounter, but they are still made out of delicate materials that may break or crack if the prosthetic slips out of your hand while cleaning. Take care when handling your denture, and always clean it over a cushion or a sink full of water to help cushion any potential falls.
#3: Clean Your Mouth and Remaining Teeth
Once you have your denture, it is very important to continue cleaning your mouth and any remaining teeth. If you do not have any teeth left, wipe your gums and tongue with a washcloth or special gum cleaner after eating and before you go to bed. Brush and floss healthy teeth to help keep them sturdy and strong in the gum line. You’ve already lost some teeth, but you want to keep those that remain there as long as possible.
#4: Brush Your Denture
To keep your denture fresh and clean, brush it with a mild hand soap or denture cleanser once a day. Normal toothpaste may be too abrasive for the surface. Use a soft-bristled toothbrush and brush in gentle circles to achieve the best clean.
#5: Soak When Not Using
You should take out your denture and soak it at night to give your gums a break. Use water or a special denture soak solution to keep it moist and ensure that the prosthetic retains its shape.
#6: Visit Your Dentist
Even with proper care and maintenance, a denture will need to be replaced after 5 to 7 years due to wear and tear and natural changes that occur in the jaw over time. Visiting your dentist regularly can help to ensure that your denture functions well for as long as possible, and that any remaining natural teeth stay healthy for the long haul.
There you have it! Follow these steps and you can enjoy a complete, confident smile with a beautiful denture.
Meet the Practice
Exceptional Dentistry in Shepherdsville, KY offers high-quality dental care from the comfort of a state-of-the-art practice. Their restorative dentists offer excellent restorative solutions for patients who have experienced any amount of tooth loss. If you have questions about dentures, do not hesitate to get in touch by calling (502) 543-3054.