Now that you have your new set of dentures, you want to take the necessary steps to prevent problems. When you wear dentures, you need to care for your dental appliance and your mouth. Without proper care, both your dentures and your gums could suffer. Here are six steps you should follow for proper denture care.
1. Let Your Dentures Soak Each Night
If you're wearing your dentures to bed to overcome self-consciousness about your tooth loss, you're setting yourself up for some serious problems. Your gums need time away from your dentures, and nighttime is the perfect time to provide it.
When you sleep with your dentures in place, they apply pressure to your gums all night long. The continuous pressure on your gums leads to a loss of bone mass. To prevent that, take your dentures out, and let them soak while you're asleep.
2. Use the Right Denture Cleaning Products
Now that you're responsible for the care of your dentures, use the right cleaning products. Your standard, soft-bristled tooth brush was fine for your natural teeth, but it won't do a thing for your new dentures. If you want to keep your dentures clean and bacteria-free, you need a stiff-bristled denture brush.
You also need to avoid using your favorite toothpaste. Ordinary toothpaste doesn’t cut through the bacteria and germs that build up on dentures. Switch to a denture cleanser and give them a good cleaning at least twice a day. You also need to have a plastic bowl so you can soak your dentures each night.
3. Keep Your Gums Clean
If you have a full set of dentures, you'll need to keep your gums clean. Each time you clean your dentures, take the time to wipe your gums with a clean, damp cloth. The cloth will remove food, bacteria, and denture adhesive that leads to foul odors.
4. Schedule the Adjustments
Your dentures fit perfectly right now, but that won't last forever. Over time, your dentures lose their shape and need to be adjusted. Also, your jaw loses bone mass, which changes the shape of your mouth. If you continue to wear your dentures once they no longer fit properly, you’ll develop sores in your mouth, especially on your gums. You'll also have a hard time chewing properly.
As soon as you notice that your dentures don't fit like they used to, schedule an appointment for adjustments.
5. Don't Try Self-Repairs
Your new dentures are breakable, especially if you drop them on the floor or sink. If your dentures break, don't try to fix them yourself unless it's an emergency situation. Self-repair on dentures can lead to at least three serious problems.
First, your repaired dentures might not fit properly. Second, you may end up with sharp edges that cut your mouth. Finally, many self-repair compounds contain chemicals that are harmful to your health. If your dentures are broken, have them professionally repaired.
6. Watch for Infections
Now that you have a full set of dentures, you may think that dental problems are a thing of the past. That's not actually true. Improper oral hygiene causes serious problems in your mouth. When you take your dentures out each day, check your mouth for signs of infection.
If you have red, swollen gums or a foul-smelling discharge, then your mouth is likely infected. Seek dental care right away to treat any signs of infection.
Don't neglect your mouth or your new dentures. The tips provided here will help you avoid problems now that you wear dentures. For questions or concerns about denture care, contact us at Palmetto Denture Care, PA.