Getting The Most From Your Dentures
If you’ve ever purchased a brand new car, then you might know what it’s like to have dentures.
No, really: They’re both investments which serve a function, and require upkeep and professional maintenance to make sure that they are performing at their peak condition.
They both require the same type of vigilant care and love if you want to get the most out of them, and you can be sure that you will get from them exactly what you put in.
Sadly, a lot of denture wearers tend to think their prosthetic teeth are more resilient than an automobile. They would never think to let that new car go 5,000 miles without an oil change, but they’ll certainly let their new dentures go far too long without cleaning them or handling them in the way that they should.
Failing to properly take care of your dentures is a guaranteed way to return to the sorry smile you had before you got them: Toothless, unconfident, and barely able to function normally.
Dentures should last you for years, if not decades, so there is no excuse in letting them fall into disrepair or become damaged out of negligence.
I take great pride in my restorative dentistry work, and much of that involves creating dentures just like yours, so I know more than a thing or two when it comes to the ins and outs of prosthetic dentistry. Unfortunately, the dentist who made your dentures might not have done a perfect job, or taught you everything you needed to know. Or it could be just a freak accident (such as glue-based dentures slipping out and cracking). If your dentures need to be repaired or replaced, then I’m the dentist you want.
But if your dentures are fine, then I’d like to share with you a few tips that will allow you to maximize the lifespan of your dentures and help you to realize their true potential!
A Simple List, Amazing Results
If you can make these pointers a part of your everyday routine, then you will be well on your way to having dentures that work for you for years to come.
- Use gentle cleaning solutions – Toothpaste is for teeth, not dentures. Although it might not seem like it, the vast majority of commercial toothpastes contain abrasive elements that, while good for scrubbing natural teeth and gums, can actually cause material harm to dentures. You can use gentle hand soaps or ADA-approved denture cleaners in order to preserve their integrity over time.
- Handle with care – Dentures are a tool, not a toy. Just as you’d take care of any power tools or other delicate instruments, your dentures need to be treated carefully whenever you remove them, put them on, or clean them. A two-hand rule should be sufficient to prevent any accidental drops, and it helps to rest them on a soft towel whenever they aren’t in your mouth or enjoying their nightly soak.
- Keep them safe – About that soak. If you’re not wearing your dentures in your mouth, it’s most likely they’re resting in their nightly cleaning solution. Take care that this location is out of the way so that it can’t easily be knocked over in the middle of the night (that’s means no bedside tables!).
- Let them rest – Dentures need to take a break, so don’t go falling asleep while you’re wearing them. They can become dislodged during sleep, and the pressures of wearing them improperly at night can cause undue stress on your dentures, causing them to wear out too early.
- Clean your gums – It might seem obvious, but sometimes the obvious steps are the ones we forget to take. Ideally, you should clean your mouth and your dentures after every meal and before bedtime to make sure that they aren’t any food particles which have become trapped between the dentures and your gums. The stimulation from your toothbrush also helps to promote good blood flow in your gums, keeping them healthy.
- Regular professional checkups – Last but certainly not least, if you are wearing dentures then you MUST regularly see your Eugene dentist in order to make sure that your smile is working as it should.
One last word of advice: If your dentures are secured by gels and other strange-smelling adhesive powders, then you should definitely look into the added security that implant-retained dentures can give you. Your dentures will never slip out of place again!
I hope you’ve learned a thing or two about your dentures, but if they’re not working properly, or if you want to discover how to improve the dentures you have, then please call me at 541-719-8260, or click here to request an appointment online.