A Basic Guide to Caring for Dentures
July 6, 2022
Dentures in Southlake are a precious resource for individuals who have suffered significant tooth loss. However, you can only expect your dentures to take care of you if you take care of them. Below, you will find some practical tips that will help you maintain your prosthetic so it will stay fresh and functional for as long as possible.
Clean Your Dentures Regularly
Dentures should be thoroughly cleaned at least once a day (although it is better to do it more often). Start the cleaning process by running water over the prosthetic, and then use a soft-bristled brush to remove any debris. It is best to use cleaning products that are specifically designed for dentures. However, mild, uncolored soap is suitable in a pinch.
Handle Your Dentures Carefully
It can be all too easy to accidentally drop your dentures or apply too much force to them when removing them from your mouth. Try to remove them when standing over a folded towel or a sink full of water, so they will have a soft landing if they fall. Be sure to hold them gently so you do not accidentally bend any of their more delicate parts, such as any clasps that may be present.
Do Not Wear Your Dentures to Bed
Dentures are not designed for 24/7 wear. Removing them at night gives you a chance to soak them in a special cleaning solution. It also allows your gums to rest, reducing the risk that you will develop sores or an infection. If you would prefer to wear your prosthetic teeth all the time, ask Dr. Thomas if you are eligible for a permanent implant denture.
Visit Your Dentist Regularly
Even if you have no natural teeth remaining, you should still visit Dr. Thomas regularly. At your checkups, you will be examined for signs of gum disease and other oral health problems. Our dental team will also check the fit of your prosthetic and, if necessary, adjust it so it continues to serve you well.
Care for Your Oral Health
You should strive to avoid doing anything that could negatively affect your mouth’s ability to support dentures. For example, you should never neglect oral hygiene. You should brush your gums and other soft oral tissues at least twice a day. Your remaining natural teeth should also be brushed twice a day, as well as flossed once a day. If you develop any concerning symptoms in your mouth, such as gum sores, persistent bad breath, or swelling, seek help from Dr. Thomas as soon as possible.
Are you a denture wearer? The above tips can help you keep your prosthetic in great shape.
Meet Dr. Thomas
Dr. Preetha Thomas is an experienced dentist in Southlake who focuses on providing holistic, empathetic oral health services to her patients. If you have questions about at-home oral care, dental restorations, or anything else that relates to her expertise, she would be pleased to speak with you. Contact Enclave Dental at 817-912-1218.
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