So now you’re wearing a denture. If you think that means you get to throw your toothbrush away, think again. Caring for your removable dentures or partial dentures is just as important as taking care of your original teeth. In fact, the better the oral hygiene, the longer the lifespan you can hope to get out of your prosthesis.
The first rule of oral hygiene for denture wearers is to always take your denture out at night. This is important because it gives your oral tissues a chance to rest and reduces the risk of bone wear. Otherwise, bone recession can occur quickly and create a loose fit between your gums and your denture. A properly fitted denture will stay securely in place using suction against the gum tissue, and should not require the use of adhesives or pastes.
Gingival tissues need to breath overnight, and should also be cleaned with a soft brush or washcloth to prevent bacterial infections such as thrush. Soak the denture in a glass of water with a denture-cleansing tablet, and then brush the prosthesis thoroughly in the mornings with a denture brush. It’s important to use a separate brush for your denture, as the bristles can develop microscopic abrasions, which may irritate your gum tissue.
Tartar buildup can form on dentures as well, so seeing your dentist for regular exams can also give you a chance to have this buildup cleaned off by a professional. Your dentist should examine your mouth and denture fit at least once a year. These appointments also allow for oral cancer screenings and an examination for sore spots or abnormal wear on the denture.
Posted on behalf of Dr. Joyce Ma, Prime Dental Care
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