Dentures are an important part of dental health. Dentures can be a positive and empowering experience for seniors, or they can cause problems with eating and speaking. It’s important to get the right denture for your needs and maintain it properly so that you’re not at risk of developing serious oral health issues such as tooth decay or gum disease. Here are some tips on how to take care of your dentures:
Dentures are not just for older people.
Dentures are a good way to replace missing teeth regardless of age. Dentist have found that children who lose baby teeth too early may need false adult teeth in order to prevent further damage to their oral health. Dentures can also be used for people who no longer wish to wear braces or who have had bridge issues in the past. Dentures can give you a more youthful appearance and prevent your mouth from sagging as you age. Dentures are also often more affordable than dental implants for seniors. Dentures are not just for older people. Dentures are a good way to replace missing teeth regardless of age.
Denture wearers need to brush their dentures twice a day.
Dentures can’t be exposed to boiling water or harsh chemicals. Dentures need to be soaked in a soap and water solution for five minutes twice a day. Dentists recommend brushing your denture teeth with a soft brush, non-abrasive toothpaste, and flossing threaders dipped in peroxide after soaking them each night. Dentures need to be removed at night and left out to air dry. Dentures need to be kept away from direct sunlight and should not be stored near a heating unit. Dentures cannot be worn during activities that require submerging the mouth such as swimming or eating soup. Dentures can’t be worn while sleeping because they do not breathe, which can contribute to dry mouth and allow harmful bacteria to flourish.
Dentists will likely recommend that you use a special cleaning solution.
Dentists recommend cleaning your dentures every night with a solution that does not have any antibacterial or abrasive qualities. It’s important to purchase a special washing cup that won’t scratch the surface of your denture as you scrub them clean. Dentures that are cleaned without a special solution can develop unsightly stains and cause bad breath. Dentists recommend using the cleaning cup with your regular dish soap and rinsing your denture very well afterward and drying it thoroughly before placing it back in your mouth. Dentures should also be inspected for damage before being placed back into your mouth. Dentists recommend contacting your Denturist immediately if there are any problems with your denture that require replacement or repair.
You should always wear your dentures when eating.
Dentists recommend wearing your dentures the entire day to avoid sores and discomfort. Dentures should never be taken out to eat a special meal, for a snack, or a holiday dinner. Dentists also suggest avoiding hard foods that might damage your denture as well as taking care to keep your tongue from pushing against your teeth when you speak. Dentures may also become loose if you eat something that is too hot.
Dentures should be taken out prior to drinking anything very hot or cold as well as taking them out before using the restroom. Dentists recommend removing your dentures when sleeping at night, washing them thoroughly with a soft cloth and toothbrush, and then placing them back in your mouth in the morning. Dentures need to be kept clean at all times. Dentists also recommend consulting your dentist if you are having problems with your dentures so they can help you adjust them or fix the problem.
Dentists may use several different methods for adjusting dentures, including filing down any rough edges that might be causing discomfort or removing too much of the gums. Dentures should be replaced at least every 5 years for best results. Dentists recommend replacing your dentures or having major work done on them every five years because teeth and gums change as a person ages. Dentures that fit well can help improve a patient’s speech, digestion, and appearance.
Tips on how to take care of your gums and teeth while wearing dentures.
We’ve all been there. You get your dentures and you can’t stop smiling. A few weeks pass, and the shine has worn off of the new purchase. Now you’re just annoyed by how long it takes to eat anything and how noisy they are when you talk. Meanwhile, your gums look less than ideal – red, swollen, and sore. This goes on for a while until you finally can’t take it anymore and you go to the dentist. Sometimes they say that your gums are inflamed, sometimes it’s worse – your gums have developed gum disease!
You can prevent gum disease (and all kinds of other dental health problems) by doing the following things:
- Change your dentures regularly – Your dentures are only good for so long, usually about a year or two. After that time period, you begin to experience problems because they aren’t fitting as well over the years as they used to. Try to get your denture changed every 8 weeks, even if you don’t need it.
- Rinse your mouth out – When we eat and drink certain foods, we leave bacteria and other debris inside of our mouths (especially coffee and tea). It’s important that you rinse these items out of your mouth. Be sure to brush your teeth and gums before you rinse, otherwise, you’re just brushing the debris into a new place!
- Use a high-quality denture cleanser – There are many different kinds of denture cleansers on the market, each with its own strengths and weaknesses. We will be talking about some of the most popular brands and how to use them.
You may also want to try using a denture brush if your cleanser isn’t enough – one of those little brushes with the long handle and the rubber pad on top is ideal for reaching into your mouth and cleaning out food particles that get stuck in the crevices around your gums (and inside your dentures).
- Eat soft foods – You have to admit that it’s kind of hard to eat things that are too chewy when you have no teeth! That being said, some foods are just harder for people with dentures than others. Things like french fries and crunchy carrots are pretty difficult to eat if your gums can’t provide the necessary support.
- Avoid hard foods as much as possible – Obviously, we want to practice good oral hygiene and our dentures should be taken out at night, even if we’ve managed to keep them in all day. For whatever reason, you’ll find that some nights your denture will decide to forgo staying in place and will drop into your mouth while you’re sleeping. This is annoying, to say the least, but people with dentures should be especially careful about it because if your denture falls on a hard surface (like the floor) it can break!
If your gums are in poor shape, you may want to consider changing dentures. Dentures that fit well will often last longer and prevent gum disease. If you have any questions about your gums/teeth, please ask a dentist!
Our dental practice in Kitchener is conveniently located in the Krug Street Plaza, behind ScotiaBank, with the entrance facing Sherwood Avenue. When you visit our dental office you will experience all that modern dentistry has to offer, including a comprehensive list of general, restorative and cosmetic dental services to meet the needs of your whole family.
DISCLAIMER: The advice offered is intended to be informational only and generic in nature. It is in no way offering a definitive diagnosis or specific treatment recommendations for your particular situation. Any advice offered is no substitute for proper evaluation and care by a qualified dentist.