When you know how to take care of your dentures the best way possible, you can help them last much longer. A well cared for denture can last an extremely long time if you’re taking the necessary steps.
Take your denture out every night.
Extensive wear of your dentures isn’t good for the health of your mouth. Your gum tissues need a chance to breathe without them being covered by the acrylic prosthesis. Only wear your denture in the daytime and take it out each night. This will also prevent infections from developing under the denture due to lack of oxygen and bacteria buildup.
Clean your dentures.
Soak your dentures overnight in a glass of water with a denture cleansing tablet. This will help to loosen debris and bacteria that built up during the day. In the morning, brush your denture thoroughly with a soft denture brush or toothbrush. Do not use the same brush on your gums or remaining teeth. Clean your gum tissue with a soft washcloth or toothbrush before rinsing your denture off and placing it back into your mouth.
Don’t use over the counter adhesives or pastes.
These products simply cover up bigger problems. If your denture isn’t fitting right, then it may be because you’ve lost bone height or the denture needs to be re-lined. Relying on adhesives can allow the condition to worsen and may lead to sore spots due to irregular wear.
Continue to see your dentist.
Your dentist will monitor the wear and fit of your denture periodically so that minor corrections can be made if needed. Sometimes it may be necessary to re-line your denture to help it fit better.
Posted on behalf of Dr. Mark Rowe, Rowe Family Dental Care
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