Proper Denture Care
Replacing missing teeth is essential for restoring your smile and the functions of your mouth. One way that teeth are replaced is with dentures. This traditional treatment is still very popular today. Modern dentures provide a much more realistic appearance than older dentures, with acrylic resin or porcelain teeth set into a colored gum base. Dentures that fit properly restore many of the essential functions of your mouth. For them to perform at their best, however, proper care is required. Myers Dental can help.
Before You Begin
Before removing your dentures, it is important that you lay a folded towel down on the counter or fill your bathroom sink with water. This will provide a cushion just in case you accidentally drop your dentures while cleaning them, which will help to prevent potential damage upon impact.
Brushing Your Dentures
After removing your dentures, brush them with a soft-bristled toothbrush. Use denture paste or soap and water. Do not use toothpaste, as toothpaste contains abrasives that can cause microscopic scratches. These scratches can then harbor bacteria that can lead to serious oral health issues. Make sure that you clean the entire denture, including the teeth and the base, as well as around any clasps.
Soaking Dentures While You Sleep
After cleaning your dentures, they should be put in a glass of denture cleaning solution. They can also simply be soaked in water. Soaking dentures is essential for keeping them moist, which prevents them from warping. Make sure that the water is not too hot, as hot water can also cause warping.
Do Not Forget Your Mouth
Do not forget about the rest of your mouth. Even if all of your teeth have been replaced by dentures, your mouth still requires proper care. After cleaning your dentures, take care of your healthy teeth as normal. Gently brush your gum tissue, your tongue, and other intraoral tissues. With proper oral care and the care of your dentures, you will be able to ensure your oral health. In the morning, take care of your mouth once again, rinse your dentures, and set them into your mouth.
What if My Denture Needs a Repair?
While dentures are strong, they are not indestructible. Accidents can happen that cause damage. The teeth can become loose, or clasps may bend. While you may find denture repair kits for sale, do not attempt to make any repairs on your dentures by yourself. In doing so, you may cause further damage to your dentures or harm your oral health. What may have only required a simple fix could result in the need for the complete replacement of your restoration. If you notice anything unusual about your dentures, they feel awkward in your mouth, or they have broken, it is essential that you schedule an appointment right away. We can assess the extent of the damage and make the appropriate repairs that restore functionality to your dentures and help to protect the health of your mouth.
Proper denture care helps to ensure that your replacement teeth function optimally, and help you to avoid serious oral health issues. If you have any questions or concerns regarding the care of your dentures, give Myers Dental a call today at (512) 506-9889.