Dentures are custom-made replacements for missing teeth. It can be taken out and inserted back into your mouth. Dentures improve your appearance and smile, helps your speak and eat more comfortably. It also provides support to facial muscle, preventing muscle sag. All in all, it restores confidence to an individual. Here are some tips to care for your dentures, have a read.
Handle dentures with care.
Especially when cleaning, do not bend or damage plastic or clasps when cleaning.
Remove and rinse dentures after meals.
To remove food debris and other loose particles, run water over your dentures. In case if you drop dentures into the sink, you can place a tower on the counter or in the sink so it won’t break if you accidentally drop them.
Brush your dentures daily (recommended).
You can gently clean your dentures using a nonabrasive denture cleaner by soaking or brushing to remove food, dental plaque and other deposits.
Soaking dentures overnight.
Most types of dentures need to remain moist to keep their shape. Check with your dentist about the proper way to store your dentures overnight, either in water or mild denture-soaking solution. Avoid hot or boiling water that could warp your dentures.
Rinse dentures before putting them back in your mouth
This is crucial especially when you use a denture-soaking solution, as the solutions are harmful chemicals that may cause vomiting, pain or burns if swallowed.
Take care of your dental hygiene
It is important to not skip on oral hygiene. Brush your gums, tongue and palate every morning with a soft-bristled brush before inserting your dentures. This stimulates circulation in your tissues and helps remove plagues.
Visit your dentist if you have a loose fit, breaks, chips or crack
Loose dentures can cause sores, infection and irritation. So it’s good to schedule regular dental checkups to ensure good oral hygiene, proper fit and comfort. Do not attempt to adjust them yourself.