Just like your natural teeth, your dentures require a lot of special care to keep them lasting for a long time.
The number one rule when it comes to home care is to take your dentures out at night. Extended wear isn’t good for your bone health and can even cause infections of your gingival tissues. When you’ve taken your denture out, keep it soaking overnight in a container full of water. You may want to use a denture cleansing tablet as well These tablets help loosen any buildup on the denture and reduce odors or stains from building up on the appliance.
After you’ve taken your denture out, you’ll need to clean your mouth out as well. An extra-soft toothbrush or wet washcloth can be used to wipe the insides of the mouth clean. Check for any sores or raw areas that may have developed. If these persist for more than 2 weeks, you should have your dentist check for infection or adjust your prosthesis.
In the morning, remove your denture from the soaking solution and rinse it thoroughly. Brush your denture with a denture-styled brush to remove leftover stains, plaque, or bacteria, and then rinse it again. Pop your appliance in and then you’re off to the rest of your day!
Even if you wear full-mouth dentures, it’s important to have regular oral check-ups with your dentist. Your dentist will assess your bone levels, oral structures, TMJ, and screen for oral cancer. Your oral care goes far beyond that of just treating tooth decay…it’s about a healthy lifestyle and getting the most out of your denture prosthesis!
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Xerostomia, the condition frequently known as dry mouth, can be very uncomfortable for many people, especially denture wearers. The lack of enough saliva in the mouth makes it difficult for those with the condition to swallow, eat, talk or even smile.
Medications are probably the biggest contributing factor to dry mouth. Depending on the condition, anything from oral antihistamine use to over the counter mouth rinses that contain alcohol may cause dry mouth. Prescription medications may cause your salivary glands to reduce production, causing dry mouth when you’re under that particular drug therapy. Be sure to avoid mouth rinses with alcohol as an ingredient if this is a problem you tend to have.
Radiation treatment for cancer patients is also very harsh on saliva glands. Most radiation patients will require fluoride prescriptions and oral moisturizers to prevent dental decay associated with their therapy. Be sure to let your dentist know if you are or will be undergoing cancer therapy, so that they can provide oral care counseling prior to your treatment.
It is normal for people to have dry mouth during the night or when they first wake up in the morning. Each night your saliva glands tend to shut down or slow production when you go to sleep. While this may seem annoying, it is simply the way nature works. Some people find it helpful to keep a bottle of water on their nightstand.
Dry mouth can increase your risk of tooth decay due to lack of lubrication in the mouth. Treating dry mouth frequently involves an increased water intake, assessing medications that are being taken, and using moisturizing sprays, mouthwashes or gums. Be sure to avoid sugar found in things such as mints or gums, as this can dramatically predispose your dry mouth to developing cavities.
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