Dentures are a trusted solution to restore beautiful, functional smiles that have been damaged by significant tooth loss. As with all areas of dentistry, dentures have undergone several improvements, making them more realistic and durable; however, they won’t last forever. The American Dental Association recommends replacing your dentures every 5-7 years. Various factors affect their lifespan, like how well you maintain them. While they function like your real teeth, caring for dentures differs from your natural smile. Here are 6 tips to get the most out of your investment.
1. Rinse After Eating
Food particles and plaque can cling to your dentures. Although your new teeth can’t get cavities, the accumulations harbor harmful oral bacteria. Rinsing your dentures after eating removes bacteria that can lead to odors and protect the prosthetic from damage. However, never use hot water to rinse them because they can warp.
2. Handle Your Dentures Carefully
Dentures are durable, but they aren’t indestructible. Handle your dentures with care to avoid dropping them. Place a towel on the countertop and floor to add cushioning just in case.
3. Clean Your Mouth After Removing Your Dentures
Although you may not have any teeth remaining, you still need to clean your mouth after taking out your dentures. Use a soft-bristled toothbrush and nonabrasive toothpaste to remove food particles, plaque, and any denture adhesive.
4. Brush Your Dentures Daily
Commit to brushing your dentures at least once daily, but don’t use regular toothpaste. Abrasive dental products, like toothpaste, can leave small scratches on your dentures that can affect their appearance. Food particles can get trapped in the crevasses, compromising the longevity of your denture. Your dentist will recommend using a soft-bristled toothbrush and mild hand soap or dishwashing liquid to clean them.
5. Don’t Sleep with Your Dentures
No one wants to get caught without their teeth, but you need to remove your dentures nightly. They will restrict blood circulation to your gums, which can lead to sores and irritation if the tissues aren’t given time to recuperate. It will also limit bacteria growth in your mouth to keep your smile and body healthy. Don’t forget to place your dentures in a soaking solution before going to bed to kill any bacteria left behind by your toothbrush, while also keeping them moist to prevent warping.
6. Visit Your Dentist Regularly
Visit your dentist twice a year for a checkup. Besides examining your mouth, they’ll also look at your dentures to ensure they aren’t damaged. They will also make any necessary adjustments or repairs to ensure they fit comfortably.
Your new smile can serve you for years with the right care at home, but don’t forget to visit your dentist to protect your investment.
About Dr. Donald Marks
Dr. Marks earned his dental degree from the University of Pittsburgh School of Dental Medicine. He combines the art and science of dentistry to create healthy, attractive smiles. If you’re ready to replace your missing teeth, contact our office today to schedule your consultation for dentures.