Appropriate denture care is important for both the health of your dentures and mouth. If you are in your 60s, you are likely to have 20 or more years of talking, eating, and smiling left, so make the most of it by getting the most out of your dentures.
Partial and full acrylic dentures have surface pores, which retain bacteria. Mouth bacteria/fungi can cause bad breath, oral and systemic disease. Keeping your dentures clean and functional is most important for achieving optimal oral health. Your oral health is a vital part of your total health. A daily denture care routine will help to minimise odour and stains, keep your dentures looking like new and help them last longer.
For a lot of people, dentures are a part of everyday life. But when it comes to maintaining your dentures, there are a few steps you should take to look after them for years to come.
Whether you have been wearing dentures for a while or are just learning how to care for your new teeth, here are a few helpful tips to keep them as good as new.
Our dentist’s tops tips for taking care of your dentures:
1. Brush your dentures daily. This is necessary to help remove food and plaque. If you regularly use denture adhesive, you’ll want to clean the interior grooves that fit against your gums.
2. Be gentle. You shouldn’t ever force or bend your dentures when handling them.
3. Overnight soaking. If you soak your dentures in a solution overnight, don’t forget to rinse them before putting them back into your mouth as denture solutions can contain harmful chemicals.
4. Visit our practice. Regular check-ups can help avoid slippage and discomfort.
Adjusting to new dentures can take time and may feel different to what you’ve been used to at the start. With time, they should start feeling normal. If your dentures are causing pain, irritation or other difficulties, it’s important to book a visit with our practice to get to the bottom of the issue.
Other tips to remember:
Drink water after meals, medications, other drinks and snacks to keep the mouth clean.
Brush your gums/teeth with a soft brush morning and night.
Replace denture brush every 3 months or following an illness such as a “bad cold”.
Dentures should be replaced every 7 years.
What should I do if my dentures get damaged?
If your denture breaks or is damaged, stop wearing it straight away. Do not try to repair it, bend it or modify it. Please call us to make an appointment to fix it, call (03) 9347-2033.
Also, remember that artificial teeth are substitutes for natural teeth, but will never be as good. It may take some time for you to get used to your dentures, so be patient.
Taking care of your dentures is critical. The team at Carlton Dental are happy to assist you with all your dental needs and in helping you to protect your smile and enjoy healthy teeth and gums for life.