Dentures are used to help solve problems that happen when patients start to lose teeth, whether we remove them or they fall out. After removing one or more teeth, a person’s mouth will start to shift, making changes to your mouth and your face! However, wearing dentures can make you look and feel like you have a perfectly natural smile again.
There are two types of dentures we offer: complete and partial. Complete dentures are commonly recommended when all of your teeth are missing, and partials are usually best suited for patients who still have a few teeth. During your consultation, we can discuss which option will be best for your specific goals and dental needs.
After receiving your dentures, you may notice an increase in your confidence and self-esteem as your dentures will look like your real teeth. However, in order for your dentures to continue looking great you will need to take proper care of them. Taking care of dentures is very similar to taking care of natural teeth. The dentures must be brushed and cleaned between meals and handled with care. Below, let’s examine some basic pointers for making sure your dentures stay in good shape.
Brush Between Meals
It is important to make sure you brush your dentures between meals to remove any stray food or debris. When brushing your dentures do not use a conventional toothpaste that you normally use on your natural teeth as normal toothpaste can be too abrasive and damage your dentures; instead, ask your dentist to recommend a specific denture-safe toothpaste so you can keep your dentures and mouth healthy and clean. You must also make sure that you use a toothbrush with softer bristles. If the bristles on the toothbrush are too stiff, it could damage the finish on the dentures. By carefully removing food and debris regularly between meals you will ensure that tiny scratches don’t build up causing serious staining over time.
In addition to brushing your dentures between meals, it is a good idea to give your dentures a good cleaning. You can use mild dish soap or hand soap to clean dentures. Another good way to clean your dentures is with an ultrasonic cleaner. The ultrasonic cleaner is a small bath that you let your dentures soak in. A sound wave is generated that travels through the water. This wave causes the dentures to vibrate which removes any of the small food or debris that may still be attached to the denture. It is important to note that while the ultrasonic cleaner does a great job of cleaning the denture, it should not replace regular daily brushings.
When Not in Use
Taking care of your dentures when they are out of your mouth is just as important as when you are wearing them. Your dentures should always be put in a liquid denture cleaner solution to soak. This will prevent the dentures from drying out. Be cautious though if your dentures have metal components to them. If left in certain denture solutions the liquid can eventually damage the metal. Your dentist will be able to recommend the best way to store your dentures when they are not in use. Never place dentures in hot water. Using hot water can cause the dentures to distort and change their shape, which could mean that your dentures may not fit correctly anymore. For cleaning solutions, look for the ADA (American Dental Association) stamp of approval for quality products that will help to protect your dentures for the long term
If you have questions about whether dentures are right for you or for more information about denture maintenance, we are here to help. Contact Progressive Family Dentistry today to schedule a consultation!