Dentures are becoming more and more comfortable and more and more natural-looking. This is mostly due to evolutions in dental technology. With the ability to achieve such a beautiful smile with a dental prosthesis also comes the responsibility of caring for your denture at home to maintain its appearance.
Many patients that are fitted for dentures do not realize that dentures take as much effort to maintain as your natural teeth would – perhaps even more. First and foremost denture-wearers still have to visit the dentist for check-ups and cleanings. These semi-annual visits give your dentist the opportunity to ensure that your dentures are fitting properly and not injuring your mouth.
At home, you should plan to remove your dentures when cleaning them. Grip them firmly but easily as not to loosen any of the teeth. Also, you should always hold them over a towel or a sink full of water in order to avoid damage to your denture if accidentally dropped.
You should be sure to always use cooler water to clean your denture, as very hot water can cause some of its components to warp. Finally, brush your dentures after every meal to remove debris and soak them in a denture cleaning solution every evening. When you remove your denture from your mouth, take the opportunity to clean your gums as well. This will help eliminate bacteria within your mouth and keep your denture clean and fresh feeling.
If you are a new denture wearer and would like additional tips or information regarding how to care for your new dental device, contact Lerner & Lemongello today.