Dentures just like normal teeth require proper cleaning to maintain good oral hygiene. The mouth is full of bacteria both useful and harmful. These bacteria act on the food we consume causing the formation of acids. When you neglect to observe, proper oral hygiene, the acids attack your teeth and dentures causing more damage to your dental structure
The damage may extend to gums leading to severe dental problems. Despite the fact that dentures are artificial, for long-term service and good oral health you should observe good oral hygiene and care. Lifestyle habits such as smoking and high consumption of coffee have to be managed or stopped to ensure proper oral hygiene even with dentures.
Dentures serve to replace missing teeth but other parts of your dental structure remain dependent on proper denture care. If your dentures harbor infectious bacteria, this will infect your gums causing periodontitis of gingivitis. Whether you have partial or complete dentures, extra caution needs to be observed not to cause more damage to your already affected dental health.
Below are some helpful tips.
Brush your teeth regularly
It is recommended to brush your teeth at least once a day. However, with dentures, you are advised to brush your dentures at least twice in a day; once during the day and at night before you sleep. If you take sugary or acidic foods, you are advised to brush your teeth immediately after.
The action of the acids in your mouth causes the breakdown of your dentures eventually leading to chipping and breakages. We recommend using Oxyfresh dental line toothpaste along with its mouthwash, rinse and dental gel. These do not have a drying effect on your dentures.
Use a soft brush on your dentures
Dentures are made of acrylics or metal material highly susceptible to surface scratch. Using a toothbrush with soft bristles protects your dentures from abrasion contributing to long-term service. We recommend you use Power Dent Pulse brush which is gentle on your dentures.
Soak your dentures overnight
It is not advisable to sleep with your dentures. However, it is equally detrimental to leave them out dry. To maintain their texture, soak them overnight in Nov solution to cleanse bacteria and maintain its structure. Use warm water to prepare the solution as hot affect your dentures. Ensure the dentures are fully submerged.
Handle your dentures with care
Dentures are very brittle and can easily break when dropped. It is advisable to remove your dentures over a padded surface in case they drop.
Go for professional cleaning
Like normal teeth, dentures also get discoloured and unsightly when not properly cleaned. This is as a result of tartar build-up. Tartar is hard to clean with conventional teeth brushing and requires expert cleaning to completely remove it from your teeth.
Protect your dentures against staining
– Lifestyle habits such as smoking, drinking coffee, tea, and wine can cause stains on your dentures. Regular brushing can help cab these stains but with time the stains become more permanent.
Smoking also causes gum disease exposing the roots of your teeth. This results in tooth decay and loss. Bad breath is also associated with smoking. Once your dental health has been affected, making some lifestyle changes goes a long way in maintaining your dentures for long-term service.
Go for regular dental checkups
Regular checkups help keep your dentures well fixed and comfortable in your mouth. Relines and rebases can be done from time to time to address chipped or cracked dentures. In case of gum sores, an adjustment provides the necessary relief.
Accent dentures are dental experts providing lasting solutions to dental problems. With a specialized team and an onsite lab, we cater to all your dentures needs from repair, replacement, and care. Our services extend beyond our offices as we give expert advice on denture care and oral health in general.