Tooth loss is a fairly common dental issue, and it’s prevalence can vary based on a variety of factors including age, gender, socioeconomic status, genetics, lifestyle habits, overall oral health practices, and more. Missing teeth can lead to many oral and overall health issues, including reduced self-esteem.
Thanks to advancements in dentistry, patients don’t have to live with tooth loss. There are several options for tooth replacement. These options include dentures, dental bridges, and dental implants. One of the most popular options at Sunflower Dental Spa is traditional dentures. This tooth restoration allows patients to regain function and aesthetics.
However, it is important to note that dentures require specialized care. In this article, we’ll explain how to properly care for your dentures.
What Are Dentures?
Before we explain the proper care routine for dentures, it’s important to understand what dentures are and why they require special attention.
Dentures are artificial teeth and gums designed to replace natural teeth. This restoration offers a functional and aesthetic solution for patients who are missing most or all of their natural teeth.
Whether you have partial dentures or full dentures, proper care is critical to prevent discomfort, ensure longevity, and promote overall oral health.
Daily Cleaning Routine
There are several steps involved in the daily cleaning routine:
- Clean dentures
- Clean gums and tongue
- Store dentures
Cleaning Your Dentures
Start by preparing a clean, soft work surface. You can use a basin filled with water or a folded towel. This will cushion your dentures in case they are accidentally dropped during the cleaning process.
Carefully remove your dentures, holding them firmly but gently to avoid accidental damage. Rinse your dentures under lukewarm running water to remove loose food particles and prepare them for brushing.
Use a soft-bristled toothbrush designed for dentures. Avoid using a regular toothbrush, as it can be too abrasive and cause damage to the denture material. Carefully brush all surfaces of the dentures, including the base, to remove plaque and stains. Make sure to pay special attention to grooves and crevices.
Soak dentures in denture cleanser or mild dish soap solution. Carefully follow the product instructions for the recommended soaking time. This will help to disinfect and thoroughly clean your dentures.
After soaking for the prescribed amount of time, rinse again under lukewarm running water to remove any residue from the cleaning solution. Make sure that no cleaning product is left on the dentures, as it may cause irritation when you put them back in your mouth.
Clean Gums and Tongue
Even if you are missing all of your natural teeth, proper oral hygiene is critical to maintain the health of your gums, tongue, and other soft tissues. Use gauze or a soft-bristled toothbrush to gently clean your gums, tongue, and palate. This will remove bacteria and stimulate blood circulation.
Rinse with an antiseptic, alcohol-free mouthwash to control bacteria, freshen your breath, and support overall oral health.
You must allow your gums to rest by removing your dentures for at least 6 to 8 hours every day. Most people do this while they are sleeping. When you are not wearing your dentures, they should be stored in water or a denture-cleaning solution. This will prevent them from drying out and warping.
Additional Denture Care Tips
In addition to daily cleaning, there are a few other things you should be aware of when it comes to proper care for dentures:
Avoid using hot water
When cleaning dentures, always use lukewarm water. Hot water can cause dentures to become damaged or warped.
Handle with care
While dentures are durable, they may break if dropped. Therefore, always be careful when handling your dentures and try to work over a soft surface to cushion any accidental falls.
Visit the dentist regularly
According to the American Dental Association, regular checkups are critical- even in the absence of natural teeth. These visits can ensure that your dentures fit properly and are in good condition. The dentist can make any adjustments or repairs as needed.
Avoid abrasive cleaners
Always use products that are designed for denture care. Avoid using abrasive toothpaste or harsh cleansers, as they can scratch the surface of your dentures.
Regularly inspect dentures
Take the time to inspect dentures for signs of damage. If you notice anything unusual, contact your dentist right away for a professional assessment and possible repairs or replacement.
Be mindful of adhesives
If you use a denture adhesive, make sure to carefully follow the manufacturer's instructions for application and removal. When cleaning your dentures and mouth, make sure to remove any adhesive residue.
Avoid crunching on hard foods
While dentures are designed to replace missing teeth and restore some functionality, it’s important to avoid biting down or chewing on hard or crunchy foods.
Take the time to read any information about dentures and denture care provided by your dentist. Understanding proper denture care can lead to better oral health outcomes.
Proper Denture Care is Critical for Oral and Overall Health
Dentures are a viable solution for tooth loss and can provide you with a vibrant, healthy smile. By following this routine, you can maintain the health and longevity of your dentures, ensuring a comfortable, confident smile. Regular communication with the dental team at Sunflower Dental Spa is critical for addressing issues promptly and keeping your oral health in optimal condition.