The most important note to keep in terms of denture care instructions is to keep your dentures clean. But there are other measures that you should follow to keep your dentures comfortable and in optimal working condition, so we’ve put some denture care tips together to help you maintain your oral health.
The Importance Of Denture Care
Caring for your dentures will keep them clean and free of stains. It will also help to maintain a high level of oral hygiene and keep your gums and soft tissues healthy. Careful handling is important to remember because dropping your prosthesis can cause irreparable damage. Follow your dentist’s denture care instructions to avoid unnecessary damage.
Denture Care Instructions To Practice
Remember To Remove And Rinse Your Dentures After Eating
It’s good practice to remove your dentures and rinse off any debris after eating. Remove them over a basin of water, or place a folded towel over the basin to cushion the impact in the event that you do drop them.
Soak Your Dentures Overnight
An important part of your denture care is that dentures should be taken out at night before bed, cleaned and allowed to soak. It’s a good idea to give your mouth at least six hours of rest from your dentures.
If your prosthesis does not have metal components you can leave them to soak in a denture cleaner, otherwise, a glass of water can be used.
If you are using a denture soak make sure you rinse them before putting them back into your mouth.
Brush Them Daily
Just like your natural teeth need to be brushed twice a day, your dentures can also accumulate plaque build-up and need to be cleaned. Use a soft-bristled brush as part of your denture care and small circular movements, taking care to brush along your gum line.
Don’t forget to keep your soft tissues clean too. Remember to brush along your gums, tongue and the roof of your mouth. Any remaining natural teeth should also be brushed and flossed carefully.
Visit Your Dentist Regularly
Part of your denture care is to see your dentist twice a year so that any remaining teeth and soft tissue can be inspected. Your dental practitioner will also evaluate your denture and make any necessary adjustments.
In the event that your denture starts to loosen or becomes uncomfortable, you should make an appointment to see your dentist.
Don’ts To Remember
Remember that your denture can be damaged or scratched easily so you should avoid using abrasive detergents and hard-bristled brushes. Similarly, because it’s possible to reshape the resin and acrylic components, you should not use hot water in your denture care.
Tooth whitening treatments will not be effective on dentures and bleaching agents can weaken your prosthesis so they should be avoided as part of your denture care.
Handle your dentures gently and speak to your dentist about a reline every two years.
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