Posted on: 18 September 2017
When you first have dentures, you'll feel like you have a new lease on life. Suddenly talking, chewing and swallowing become easier, allowing you to feel as you did when all your healthy teeth were in place.
Should you want the joys of false teeth to continue, you need to take care of them. Fortunately, doing this isn't difficult.
Give them a rinse after eating
After each meal, rinse your dentures and free them of food and other debris. Use clean water to do this and possibly a soft brush to loosen anything that's stuck. Removing food ensures bacteria don't try to gather there, which is good for your overall dental health.
Give your dentures a daily clean
Just like your normal teeth, your dentures require a daily clean. It isn't necessary to do this twice daily, but at least once a day will keep them intact. Use either a normal toothpaste or mild soapy water to brush them, then leave them to soak. Your dentist may recommend keeping your dentures in overnight at first. However, once this period is over, you can complete this cleaning process at night for the sake of convenience.
Store them somewhere safe
When you're soaking your dentures overnight or keeping them out of your mouth when they're not in use, you need to store them somewhere safe. Your dentist may give you a storage case. Make use of it and fill it with a denture soaking solution. When you do this, you keep them supple. As a result, they're less likely to bend and break. Other ways to ensure they stay in shape is to handle them gently and to place a towel below them when you're washing them. By doing so, you'll reduce the risk of cracks if you drop them.
Leave the hard work to your dentist
Are your dentures feeling loose? Don't try to adjust them yourself. Attempting self-adjustments may make the problem worse and can cause damage to your gums. If at any stage your dentures start to feel loose or uncomfortable, visit your dentist for a refit.
Brush your existing teeth
False teeth are great, but you need to care for the ones already in your mouth too. Brush them twice daily in the same way that you would if the dentures weren't there. As a result, you may not need more replacements in the future.
Finally, if anything about your false teeth is worrying you, ask your hygienist or dentist for advice. They'll soon point you in the direction of some self-care tips, or they'll call you in to address the problem.Share