The Dos and Don’ts of Living With Dentures

How To Maintain and Care for Your Dentures

Losing teeth can be frustrating, and can negatively impact your quality of life. Dentures are a wonderful and affordable solution that can truly improve your self-esteem. Whether you are living with or considering dentures, it is important to learn about how to properly care for them. Well-cared for dentures are sure to last longer and fit more comfortably.

Living With Dentures

There have been incredible advancements to dentures over the last years that have made them a highly desirable solution for patients who wish to replace any missing teeth. At Acosta Dental Arts, PA, we offer patients a wide variety of denture services to help suit all of our patients’ individual needs. Popular options include full or partial dentures, as well as implanted or removable sets.

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dos and dont's of living with dentures

If you are living with or considering getting fit for removable dentures, it is important to be educated on how to properly care for them. Improperly storing or cleaning your dentures can cause them to dry out or develop harmful bacteria. Here are some important habits and reminders to that will help you to keep your dentures in the best shape possible.

  • Take your dentures out at night. Your gums need a chance to rest. If left in too long, dentures can cause bacteria to accumulate and cause swelling, infections, or even sores to develop.
  • Soak your dentures. You don’t want your smile to dry out. Soak your dentures in water or a specialized denture solution to keep them moist when not in your mouth.
  • Rinse them before inserting. After removing them from their soaking solution and before you insert them into your mouth, rinse your dentures with water.
  • Brush your dentures daily. This is just as important as brushing your natural teeth every day. Use a nonabrasive denture cleaner to clean any plaque, food, or other debris from between the teeth.
  • Remove and rinse after eating. This is a great way to help eliminate any food deposits from building up within the dentures.
  • Clean your mouth before reinserting. A quick brush with a soft-bristled toothbrush will help keep your mouth extra clean. Plus, it will help prevent any unnecessary transfer of bacteria from your mouth to the dentures.
  • Address loose fitting dentures immediately. Over time, your dentures may begin to fit differently. The shape of your jawbone can change over time, and if properly mishandled, your dentures may warp or change shape. A poor fit can cause discomfort, sores, blisters, or even lead to infection, so it is important to talk to your dentist immediately. Dr. Acosta offers denture stabilization during the denture fitting procedure, which can help your denture retain their shape longer.

What Not To Do

In addition to these helpful habits you should observe, it is equally important to know what not to do in order to prevent damage to your dentures. Dentures are often made from materials that require specific care and attention, so it is important to not introduce any harmful products to your dentures. Here are some helpful “don’ts” to remember.

  • Avoid abrasive materials. Hard bristled brushes, rough sponges, strong cleansers, and even whitening toothpaste can be rough on the dentures. Avoid these as they can wear away at the material.
  • Bleach products. Bleach is a very strong cleanser that can cause serious damage if used on your dentures. Plus, it can be harmful when ingested, so it should be avoiding near the mouth altogether.
  • Hot water. Dentures are often made of pliable materials that can soften when heated. This can cause your dentures to warp or bend out of place.
  • Avoid toothpicks and scrapers. Despite looking natural, dentures need to be handled more gently than your teeth. Toothpicks, scrapers, and similar instruments can scratch away at the surface and cause your dentures to fall apart.

Restore Your Smile

Are you ready to gain your confidence back with an award-winning smile? Acosta Dental Arts, PA offers top-quality restorative dentistry procedures to residents of North Palm Beach and the surrounding communities. Schedule your Free Smile Assessment with board-certified dentist Dr. Adrian Acosta by calling 561-622-0301 today!

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