Tips on Caring for Dentures
As your trusted provider of dentures in Murrells Inlet, SC, we at Murrells Inlet Dentistry are dedicated to teaching you about taking care of your dentures the right way. The maintenance of dentures not only preserves your false teeth well, but also promotes good oral hygiene and optimum oral health. Here are the different ways to care for your dentures.
- Brush your dentures every day. Use a soft bristled toothbrush to rid your false teeth of plaque and food debris. This prevents the accumulation and buildup of stains that may settle on your dentures if not brushed in time. Make sure to brush all sides of your dentures and rinse with tap water. Dentures that are clean feel better in the mouth than dentures that reek of food particles.
- Use a cleaning solution specially made for dentures. This ensures that bacteria on your false teeth are periodically eliminated and you maintain the hygiene of your dental appliance. Avoid using products not intended for dentures as this can discolor or damage your false teeth. Denture cleaning solutions can effectively remove food deposits while not posing any damage to your dentures.
- Keep your dentures moist and clean when not in use. This prevents your dentures from losing their shape while maintaining good hygiene. You can place your false teeth in a denture soaking solution during sleep, so your dentures stay moist while being rid of bacteria during the night.
- Handle your dentures like a breakable item. Don’t worry, dentures are meant to last for many years and are considered as durable dental prosthesis. However, it is best that you care for your dentures gently, keeping in mind that a sudden impact can cause breakage. This eliminates careless or accidental dropping of your dentures that when done often can damage your false teeth.Caring for dentures with utmost attention will repay you with years of function and aesthetics.
Things that You Should Not Do
Caring for dentures is vital for your overall health. Keeping your dentures clean and handling them well are essential parts of a good denture regimen. However, there are also things that you should not do. These are the following:
- Never wash or soak your dentures in hot water. This may be effective in eliminating bacteria but hot water can deform and damage your dentures.
- Try not to use toothpaste and mouthwash when cleaning your dentures. There are tooth cleaning products that may be too strong for your false teeth and cause them to break or discolor when used regularly. It is best to stick with cleaning solutions and products specially made for dentures.
- Do not adjust your dentures yourself. If you find that your dentures do not fit the same way they used to, bring them to the dentist immediately. Your dentist will know what to do, whether to adjust or replace your dentures.
Visit your Dentist Regularly
Our skilled and well-loved dentists, Drs. Jason Meares, Richard Birch, and Thomas Kelly advise you to visit your dentist every six months for denture care and oral checkups. This is essential so your dentist can check the proper fit of your dentures, as well as examine your mouth for existing oral problems. You can also have your teeth thoroughly cleaned to prevent the buildup of plaque and bacteria in the mouth. Talk with us about caring for dentures and other dental concerns that you may have. Call (843) 357-2122 to schedule your appointment.
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