As we get older suddenly we realised many things we didn't appreciate about being young - being fit, having smooth skin and having all your own teeth. As our loose teeth (and bridges) struggle to deal with chewier food we start eating bland mush and, there is no easy way to say this, OLD PEOPLE FOOD. I'm determined not to let that happen to me and I'm doing everything I can to keep my own teeth as long as possible, and when that's not possible to get the best possible teeth replacement. If you are like me and want to keep on eating whatever you want, I think you'll like my site. It's all about dental health and teeth replacement & maintenance.
Your natural teeth need to be taken care of to ensure good oral health. It is no different when you lose them and replace them with dentures. Dentures, just like your natural teeth, have to be kept in tiptop condition because they are fitted in the exact same place where natural teeth once existed. If you are getting dentures, be they partial or complete, you will need to learn how to take proper care of them.
Here are a couple of good denture care tips you should use to keep your dentures in great shape so that you can reap the most benefit out of them.
Clean the dentures on a regular basis.
Wearing dentures that are not cleaned well or not cleaned at all can lead to dental complications such as gum disease. Remove and brush your dentures after every meal to get rid of alien substances that may remain on these artificial replacement teeth and the plates holding them in place. Use a toothbrush that has soft bristles together with a non-abrasive cleanser to gently, but thoroughly, clean the dentures without getting them scratched. Avoid using toothpaste as many toothpastes are usually abrasive. Instead, you can use regular hand soap, ultrasonic cleaners or mild dishwashing detergent to clean the dentures.
Soak dentures in water every time they are not being worn.
Dentures will easily warp or lose their original shape if they are not kept wet once taken out of your mouth. To prevent this from happening, dentures should be immersed in a in a glass of warm, clean water or denture cleansing solution. Leaving dentures soaked overnight may also help to remove any plaque and tartar that may remain on the dentures after they have been cleaned.
Handle them carefully.
Most dentures are made of frail material such as acrylic resin and porcelain. If they happen to fall on hard surfaces, they can easily break. Practising simple habits like holding the dentures over a half-filled basin of clean water can reduce the likelihood of damage in the event that the dentures fall from your hands.
Dentures are designed to perform the exact same functions that missing real teeth could have been doing if they were still present in your mouth. These teeth replacements are what people will see when you are speaking and they are also what you will use when eating. Using the above-mentioned tips can go a long way in ensuring your dentures serve you well for longer.