When you first get dentures, you will find that some things feel different. Your new dentures may need getting used to; but if you have chosen good quality dentures, made from newer lighter fabrics, getting used to your new smile won’t take long, and you will find you are eating and speaking like before.
If you have old dentures, and you worry about their condition, come in for an appointment to assess their condition. Replacing your dentures is not as expensive or as difficult as you might think. Call us for a free consultation on (08) 9451 1477 no matter where you live in Perth WA.
5 Rules for Great Denture Care
1. Never Drop or Leave Dentures Lying Around
- Take care with your dentures; they have been custom made from resilient materials, but that doesn’t mean you can’t chip a tooth, break or change the shape of the lining if you drop them.
- Never leave dentures around for children or dogs to play with, they may not only damage them, they may swallow them!
2. Daily Denture Cleaning
Whenever you remove your dentures for cleaning:
- give your mouth a good rinse, then
- massage your gums with a washcloth or a soft toothbrush
- use a non-abrasive cleaner and a soft bristled brush on your dentures
- if you wear partial dentures, brush and floss your regular teeth each day
Cleaning your dentures every day, using a non-abrasive cleaner and soft bristled toothbrushes, will minimize the build-up of plaque and stains on your dentures. Some tooth pastes contain abrasive elements that can cause microscopic scratches.
These tiny scratches allow bacteria and stains to attach to the denture. Using the correct denture cleaner and brush will keep your dentures looking fresh, for longer.
If your dentures are plagued with plaque, this can lead to serious health problems in the gum tissues or mouth lining underneath, such as infection and irritation.
3. Removing Food from Dentures
- Clean your dentures over a folded towel or bowl of water. This prevents damage if they fall.
- Never use a toothpick when you are wearing your dentures
- Avoid strong cleaners or hard brushes to clean them.
All of these can cause damage to your dentures.
4. Nightly Ritual
- For the health of your mouth, remove dentures when you sleep.
- If this is not an option, try removing them for six to eight hours.
- If they have metal clasps, soak them in luke warm.
- Without metal clasps, soak them in a vinegar-water solution or a special denture cleanser. Soaking your dentures helps to remove stains, plaque, tartar and bacteria.
Denture Professionals also offers Ultrasonic Cleaning Services, eliminating grime and bacteria, making them look new again. Ask for this service on your next visit.
5. Regular Denture Check Up With Dental Professionals
Badly fitting or loose dentures will irritate your mouth lining, your gums, capture food in all the wrong places, and make speaking and eating difficult.
We recommend you visit Denture Professionals (link to home page) every six months for a quick consultation for your dental prosthetist to assess:
- If you bones or gums have shrunk, resulting in a poor fitting denture.
- New sores, pain, burning or abdominal gas.
- Signs of periodontal disease.
In many cases your prosthetist can adjust or repair your dentures quickly.
Many people suffer with dentures that make it difficult or even painful to bite and chew fresh fruits and vegetables. It could be that you are missing out on essential nutrients.
Make sure you’re eating a well-balanced diet. Research suggests that proper nutrition slows the progress of gum disease, so a healthier diet could mean a healthier mouth.
The best way to find out how healthy your mouth is, is to make an appointment with Dental Professionals and get your dentures cleaned in our ultra-sonic cleaner, restoring your dentures to their original condition.
Making a regular appointment to see your Denture professional is the single most important aspect of caring for your dentures. Call us today for a free consultation on (08) 9451 1477 no matter where you live in wa. Book an Appointment