7 Easy Care Tips For You Dentures
If some or all of your permanent teeth have fallen out or been removed, you may be using dentures: complete dentures if you 're missing all of your natural teeth (which is the case for one in 15 Australian adults under 80) or partial dentures if you 're missing just one tooth or a few teeth. Both types need special care. Here are some 7 rules for looking after your dentures.
Give them a break.
Take your dentures out before going to bed. If taking your dentures out at night is not an option for you, then be sure to remove them for six to eight hours at another time of day. Soak your dentures in luke warm water if they have metal clasps. If they don 't, you can use either a quarter-vinegar, quarter-water solution or a special denture cleanser. Soaking will help to remove stains, plaque, tartar and bacteria. Easy Denture Clinic also offers Ultrasonic cleaning to ensure you denture is completely clean of grime and bacteria.
Handle them with care.
Chances are, your dentures didn't come cheap. And since they can break easily, you 'll want to be careful with them. Clean them over a folded towel or bowl of water in case they drop. Don 't use toothpicks when you 're wearing them, and don 't use strong cleaners or hard brushes to clean them. All of these can cause damage to your dentures. And never leave them where young children or pets can reach them.
Clean them daily.
Just because these aren't your real teeth, that doesn't mean they don 't need regular cleaning. If your dentures are plagued with plaque, it can lead to problems in the tissues underneath, such as infection and irritation. Brush your dentures with a regular soft-bristled special denture cleaning brush to ensure a proper clean, Do not use a normal toothbrush as this can be too abrasive. Regular hand soap, non-abrasive toothpaste and denture paste are all good choices for cleaning dentures.
Look after your whole mouth.
Even if you have complete dentures, you still need to care for your gums. Whenever you take out your dentures, give your mouth a good rinse and then massage your gums with a washcloth or a soft toothbrush. If you have partial dentures, you still need to properly brush and floss your regular teeth every day.
See your Denture prosthesis
Whether you have partial or complete dentures, you still need to see your Denture prosthesis at least once a year.
Watch for changes in fit.
If your dentures aren 't fitting properly or have become ill fitting that 's another reason to check in with your Denture prosthesis . The bones in our mouths shrink change over time, which can lead to an improper denture fit. Poorly fitting dentures can cause problems like sores, pain and burning. They can even cause abdominal gas from swallowing air. Your Denture prosthesis can adjust your dentures. Dentures that don 't fit can also be a sign of periodontal disease, so it 's important to get checked.
Nourish the rest of your body.
Since dentures may make it difficult or even painful to bite and chew fresh fruits and vegetables, there 's a risk you 're 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 even mean a healthier mouth.