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Sep
14

When Do You Need New Dentures?

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Your denture is part of your daily routine. You wear it each day and depend on it all day long. Like anything that you use each day, you become accustomed to its fit and any gradual changes that happen over time. Like your favorite pair of shoes, a great-fitting denture can also wear out over time.

How do you know if your dentures are wearing out or if you need them relined or even replaced? Some signs to watch for are:

  • Sore areas under your dentures
  • Difficulty chewing on one side of your mouth
  • Loose-fitting dentures that don’t seal well
  • The need to wear denture adhesive

Annual exams are an important part of keeping your dentures healthy. Some patients may require occasional adjustments, a re-lining, or even having their denture replaced. If you’ve worn your dentures for several years and they seem looser than they used to be, you’ll need to see your dentist. Even the best dentures can wear out to the point where they’re doing more harm than they are good.

To keep your dentures lasting longer, remember to take them out every night and soak them in a denture cleansing solution. Not only does this help your appliance stay cleaner, but it also provides necessary rest to the tissues inside of your mouth. Patients that do this will have fewer oral infections and less bone loss over time than patients that wear their dentures around the clock each day. In the morning, remove your dentures from the solution and brush them thoroughly to remove loose debris and stain buildup.

Remember to see your dentist at least once or twice a year to keep your dentures healthier, longer.

Posted on behalf of Dr. Mark Rowe, Rowe Family Dental Care

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Sep
5

Taking Care of Your Dentures

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All smiles deserve to be healthy, including those of people who wear dentures! Just like with your natural teeth, your denture appliance needs to be taken care of on a routine basis. Here are 4 tips to take the best care of your dentures:

#1: Take them out every night.

Some people do this already, but you would be surprised how many people do not. Even if you don’t like going without wearing your appliance, your mouth needs it. The delicate tissues inside of your mouth need time to breathe; otherwise infections can easily flare up in the area. Excess wear will also cause pressure to the bone, resulting in bone resorption (and an ill fitting denture.)

#2: Clean your dentures.

Soak your denture or other appliance overnight in a glass of water with a denture tablet. This helps to loosen debris. In the morning, brush your prosthesis thoroughly and rinse it off before placing it back into your mouth.

#3: Don’t use denture adhesive

A properly fitting denture will never need to have adhesives or pastes to keep in it place. The denture itself should have a suction formed against your mouth and be able to stay in place comfortably. If you find that you need an adhesive to help you wear your denture each day, it’s time for your dentist to re-line it or to have the prosthesis replaced.

#4: See your dentist for regular check-ups.

Not only does your denture get a professional cleaning, but your routine exam will allow your dentist to make sure everything is fitting properly, assess your bone height and screen for other disease conditions (like oral cancer), even if you don’t have any natural teeth.

Posted on behalf of Dr. Mark Rowe, Rowe Family Dental Care

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