Dentures are a great option if you are missing your natural teeth, but they do require some extra care. They can also cause other oral problems if you aren't careful. Following the tips below will help you keep your dentures in good shape and help you to maintain good oral hygiene when you wear dentures.
Watch for problems when you first get your dentures
When you first get your dentures, it is normal for you to experience some discomfort. You may also notice you produce a bit more saliva. You'll need to learn how to chew and speak with them in. If you notice they are really rubbing in certain areas or they just don't seem to feel right after the initial breaking-in period, you should go back to the dentist and make sure they are properly fitted.
Take proper care of your dentures
The first thing you want to keep in mind is dentures can break. This is why it's a good idea to put a towel on your counter and clean them over the towel so they don't break if you accidentally drop them. Also, you should never take them out over your sink to avoid possibly dropping them into the hard sink.
Clean your mouth properly
When you remove your dentures, you want to rinse them thoroughly. After rinsing, you can brush them as you would your teeth. This will remove food, debris, and acids from them. You'll want to brush them using a toothbrush with soft bristles and a cleaner that's not abrasive. Get a good container to keep your dentures in when you don't have them in, and be sure to keep them covered in water so they don't become misshapen.
When you remove your dentures, you should brush your gums, the sides of your mouth, the roof of your mouth and your tongue. Brush everywhere you can reach in your mouth. You should also rinse your mouth out with mouthwash before you go to bed. Make sure you don't eat or drink anything for a while after using mouth wash.
If you find your dentures don't seem to be fitting right or they are causing an abnormal amount of irritation, you want to make sure you get in to see the dentist right away. Your dentist will determine what needs to be done to make them fit correctly and take care of the problem. For more information, speak with experts like Dr. Dan Foresto.Share
9 April 2015
It was my secret for a long time, but I am finally sharing it -- I was an adult who still had a baby tooth. My dentist told me it shifted when my adult teeth came in instead of falling out. He also said I should have it pulled before it started causing dental problems, but I decided to keep it for a while. One day, during a dental check-up, my dentist found a cavity on the tooth next to it. He told me it was time to have it extracted, as it was close to the other tooth and making it hard for me to clean it. I had it taken out, and I don't miss it. I created this blog to tell other people with baby teeth as adults that they are not alone. Also, they can cause problems, so have them pulled if your dentist suggests it.