Missing, broken, or otherwise damaged teeth can have a big impact on your appearance and confidence. When your smile doesn’t look its best, you’re more likely to feel insecure – and everyday tasks like eating or speaking can become difficult. This is why many people use dentures to repair their smile.
Dentures are removable dental pieces that can replace damaged or missing teeth. While they aren’t “real” teeth, they require special care if they’re going to look good. How do you keep your dentures in tip-top shape? Here are five tips that will help you care for them.
Handle with Care
These days, most dentures are made from porcelain or acrylic resin. These materials have many advantages: they’re durable, look natural, and even more stain-resistant than natural teeth! However, there is one disadvantage that folks who wear dentures must keep in mind – these materials can be quite delicate.
They need to be removed each day for cleaning (more on that in a minute), which means that you’ll be handling your teeth regularly. Each time you remove them, you risk dropping them on the ground – and if you’re not careful, those porcelain or acrylic teeth can chip or shatter. Do your best always to handle your dentures carefully.
Clean Your Dentures Daily
Your dentures function just like regular teeth. Each day, they are exposed to food particles, bacteria, and a whole lot more. And just like your natural teeth, they need regular brushing to stay nice and clean.
You must brush your dentures (both the teeth and the gums) twice each day. This will cleanse them of food pieces, thereby keeping them looking their best. However, it also clears away bacteria that could lead to gum disease down the road. Remember: they ARE your teeth – so treat them accordingly!
Use the Right Tools
While brushing your teeth is important, it’s also essential that you do it the right way. When it comes to taking care of your dentures, the right tools make all the difference. Make sure to use a soft-bristled toothbrush for your twice-daily cleanings; this will scrub away stains and bacteria without damaging them.
Additionally, it’s important to rinse your dentures after every meal. This will wash away any leftover food and guarantee that no bacteria are left sitting in your mouth. Just make sure to use a special cleaner designed for denture care (your dentist can recommend one) each time you rinse; using dish soap or plain water may not provide you with adequate care.
Keep Dentures Moist
If there’s no other lesson you learn today, PLEASE remember this one: DO NOT LET YOUR DENTURES DRY OUT! They are designed to be porous, which helps them remain pliable and gives you a more comfortable fit. However, if those microscopic pores start to dry out, they can become brittle, leading to discomfort and a greater risk of breakage.
Any time you are not wearing dentures, you should have them soaking in a care solution. Use a special cleaner (again, your dentist can recommend one) and keep it handy, so your dentures never spend time sitting on the counter.
Visit Your Dentist Regularly
Finally, everyone should visit the dentist twice a year – whether or not they wear dentures. Your dentist will make sure that your dentures continue to fit well and that none of the teeth are chipped or broken. Regular visits are also important for your overall oral health, so do your best never to miss an appointment!
If you want to learn more, or even if you need a dental check-up, call our office in Steger today!