If you're missing a few or all of your God-given teeth, whether due to dental infections, bad injuries or the natural aging process, replacing them will boost your facial profile as well as your overall health. That's because today's dentures can be designed to fit perfectly and feel more comfortable than ever before, thus improving your appearance and making it easier to take meals better than you could without the help of these dental replacements.
That said, here are three useful tips to help you take good care of your dentures:
Clean your mouth and dentures thoroughly.
It's very important to frequently clean out food particles from your dentures, since bacteria-plagued dentures will result in dental problems, such as gum disease, oral thrush, bad breath, and tooth decay (if you're using partial dentures). Gently brushing dentures daily will do away with bacteria that cause these dental issues and help keep your mouth feeling fresh all day.
Visiting your dentist once in a while for ultrasonic cleaning can complement but not outdo the effectiveness of daily denture cleaning. Most importantly, remember to clean your mouth thoroughly as well before you insert dentures because your mouth often harbours dental plague and food particles.
Soak your dentures overnight when going to sleep.
Many people often ask the question: Should dentures be worn overnight when they going to bed? Even though you may be asked to wear your denture virtually full-time during the first few days or weeks (even when you go to bed) to allow your mouth to adjust to these dental replacements, it is regarded best to remove them at night under usual circumstances.
As such, you should always take out your dentures when you're going to sleep at night to give your dental muscles a chance to relax. Soak them in denture cleanser solution or warm water to prevent them from warping or drying out.
Visit your dentist for regular checkups.
Follow-up visits to the dentist are mostly necessary after insertion of the dentures to see if any problems such as irritation and soreness persist. The dentist will also help repair cracks, which may start showing on your dentures after some time.
Even if your dentures were initially a perfect fit, they may begin to become loose or worn due to changes in the shape of your jawbone and gums. Hence, it is important to see a dentist to make the needed adjustments so as to avoid problems when eating and speaking.