How to Get the Most Out of Your Dentures
Caring for your full or partial dentures can help them last for a very long time. The better you care for them, the more comfortable they will feel from day to day. Here's what you need to know when it comes to maintenance for your removable prosthetics:
Take Them Out Every Night
Your mouth needs a rest. Wearing your denture 24/7 isn't good for your soft oral tissues or the bone in your jaws. In fact, it can cause sore spots and even accelerated bone loss. Don't wear yours when you're sleeping.
Use an Appropriate Cleanser and Brush
Abrasive pastes, baking soda, or stiff toothbrushes may cause surface scratches that collect stains. Our Henderson dentist recommends soaking your denture in tap water with a dissolvable denture cleansing tablet overnight, then using a denture brush to clean the loosened debris away the next morning.
Clean Your Gums, Too
To prevent infections like thrush (yeast,) you'll need a clean oral environment. Before putting your dentures back in each morning, gently clean your gums with a soft washcloth or toothbrush. A bit of tap water is all that you need!
Have Our Henderson Dentist Inspect Your Dentures Regularly
The fit of your dentures has a lot to do with the anatomy of your mouth. Anyone who loses their natural teeth will start to see changes in their jawbone and oral tissues. This means that through the years, your denture may start to feel less secure. In some situations we can adjust your denture or have it relined. But even like a good set of tires, they can slowly wear down and need to be replaced before more harm is done.
Call Amber Hills Dental to find out how our Henderson dentist can keep you smiling for years – even with dentures!
Posted on behalf of Amber Hills Dental