Just like natural teeth, dentures have to be taken care of in a certain way. Unlike brushing your teeth, dentures take a lot more work to care for. Following the proper routine can provide longer-lasting dentures and a cleaner mouth.
How to Take Care of Your Dentures
Just like brushing your teeth, denture care should get done daily. Products for denture care should be made specifically for dentures. Regular toothpaste is too abrasive for use on dentures. Using it can cause damage.
The Proper Way to Clean Dentures
The American Dental Association (ADA) offers tips when cleaning dentures. One way to know you are using a quality product is the ADA seal.
- Start by rinsing any debris or food residue from the denture.
- Using a soft bristle brush and non-abrasive paste, brush all surfaces of the denture. There are soft bristle brushes and pastes that are available for dentures.
- You can also use a cleanser for your dentures before or after you brush them. The cleansers are available in various brands and varieties. These are often overnight cleansers, or some kill germs in as little as 5 minutes.
- If you do not have your dentures in your mouth, keep them in a safe place. Dentures can become warped if not taken care of properly outside of the mouth. When not wearing dentures, they should be stored in water and covered.
Brushing Without Teeth
Even though denture wearers may not have natural teeth, they still need to brush. The best products to use in these circumstances are soft bristle brushes, and regular toothpaste will work.
Those who wear dentures may not have a full set. If they do not, taking care of their remaining natural teeth is important. Making sure to brush the gums, cheeks, and the roof of the mouth can help with breath or oral irritation.
What can happen if I don’t take care of my dentures?
Just like your natural teeth, if you do not care for your denture correctly, problems can begin in your mouth.
- Gum and mouth irritation. Dentures can cause dry mouth, which can irritate the gums.
- Problems speaking.
- Problems eating.
- Ill-fitting Denture. Dentures that don’t fit right move and can scrape the inside of the mouth. Dentures that rub can cause sores in the mouth and on the gums.
- Infections. When a denture is not cared for properly, bacteria can build up in the mouth. This bacteria can cause infections.
For those who are dealing with poor-fitting dentures, using an adhesive could help. Adhesive helps keep the dentures in place or to keep food from getting under the denture plate.
Adhesives should never be a way to fix a denture that does not fit right. Having your dentures relined or replacing them may be the only way to prevent oral sores from forming.
Choosing Adhesive for Dentures
There are a lot of reasons that people choose to use adhesive with their dentures. A lot of denture wearers choose adhesive to keep food or debris out. Getting something stuck under the denture can be painful. Adhesives help prevent this from happening.
You can find adhesives in many different forms. The most popular are creams, powders, and strips. Some denture adhesives contain zinc. In high levels, zinc can be dangerous to the body. When choosing your adhesive, try to find a zinc-free solution.
Healthy Denture Habits
TruBlu Dentistry knows that taking care of your denture is like taking care of your natural teeth. When you lose your teeth due to gum disease, tooth decay, or trauma, dentures get your smile back.
When you need to find the right set of dentures, our staff will help you with your decision. TruBlu Dentistry’s three Illinois offices are ready to help you find the right set of dentures and improve your quality of life.