Here are five of the best ways to prevent and relieve painful denture sores and stomatitis under your “plate.”
Apply a Denture Cream
If your denture is new or a bit loose, you may have a hard time keeping it in place. The chafing can cause gum irritation. To prevent this, apply a thin layer of denture cream when you’re about to put your denture in. Remember to clean out the old adhesive material every day when you take out your prosthesis.
Check the Fit of Your Denture
A loose denture results in an uneven bite and lots of movement. Slipping and sliding can rub painfully against your gums. The only way to make your denture fits comfortably is to see your dentist or prosthodontist for an adjustment.
Clean Your Denture Daily
Bacteria, fungi, and food debris build up underneath dentures and cause irritation to the tissue underneath. You must remove your denture every night before you go to bed to give it a thorough cleaning. This process removes the microbes that can cause sores.
Clean Your Mouth Daily
Germs and food left in your mouth will only continue to build up underneath a clean denture when you put it back in. Wipe out your mouth with a soft brush or cloth, rinse well, and brush and floss any remaining teeth you have. Do this at least twice a day or after every meal.
Take Your Denture Out at Night
Your mouth and gums need time to “breathe” without being covered by a denture. Let your plate soak overnight and use this time to give your mouth a rest.
Get more denture care tips from your dentist at your next checkup.
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Smiles by Seese
610 Jetton St #250
Davidson, NC 28036
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