Dentures are an excellent way to restore your smile and regain your eating and speaking ability while providing a more youthful appearance. However, like natural teeth, dentures require proper care to maintain appearance, functionality and longevity. Here are some crucial denture care tips that you should follow.
Clean Your Dentures Regularly
Dentures should be cleaned regularly to remove food particles, bacteria and stains.
- Rinse them with water to remove any food debris.
- Brush the dentures thoroughly with a soft-bristled toothbrush and non-abrasive denture cleaner. Be sure to clean all mouth surfaces, including the gums and tongue.
- Rinse the dentures again with water and place them in a clean container filled with sterile water when not used.
Avoid using hot water, abrasive cleaners or bleach, as they can damage the dentures. Soaking your dentures overnight can help to remove tough stains and prevent them from drying out. Use a denture cleaning solution or a mixture of vinegar and water to soak your dentures.
Handle Your Dentures with Care
Dentures are fragile and can easily break if mishandled. When removing or inserting your dentures, hold them over a soft surface, such as a towel or basin of water, to avoid dropping them. Be sure to avoid bending or twisting the dentures, which can cause damage. Also, avoid using sharp or pointed objects to clean your dentures, as these can scratch or damage them.
Avoid exposing your dentures to harsh chemicals or extreme temperatures, which can cause damage or warping. Eating sticky, hard or crunchy foods – like nuts, popcorn and chewy candy – can also cause damage to the dentures. Instead, stick to softer foods that are easier to chew, such as cooked vegetables, fruits and pasta. It is also recommended to cut food into smaller pieces and chew slowly.
Visit Your Dentist Regularly
Regular dental checkups are critical to ensure your dentures are in good condition, fit properly and function correctly. They can also clean the dentures using specialized equipment to remove any built-up plaque or tartar that regular brushing may miss.
During your checkup, your dentist will also examine your mouth for signs of oral cancer or other dental problems. If they notice any issues, they will recommend following up with a specialist.
Maintain Good Oral Hygiene
Although you may have dentures, it is still vital to maintain good oral hygiene. First, brush your gums, tongue and remaining teeth twice daily with an ultra soft-bristled toothbrush and fluoride toothpaste. Then, Floss between your remaining teeth and rinse your mouth with an antiseptic mouthwash to prevent plaque buildup and gum disease.
Denture Care in Pearl, MS
Taking care of your dentures is essential to ensure they remain in good condition and provide long-term benefits. To learn more about denture care, please call Mint Dental today to schedule an appointment or visit our office in Pearl, MS. We can help you achieve a beautiful, healthy smile for years.
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Pearl, MS 39208
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