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How To Take Care Of Your Dentures

Tuesday, January 30th, 2018

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Dentures are a fantastic option for anyone who has lost some or all of their teeth. Dentures benefit both your appearance and your health in a variety of ways. The loss of teeth can impact daily activities like smiling, eating, and speaking. These things are easy to take for granted until a problem arises.

Dentures improve eating and speaking ability (after some practice) by restoring the dimensions of your oral cavity. They also give the wearer a full set of teeth for a wide, confident smile. They can be made to mimic the look of natural teeth, and serve to support the cheeks, lips, and facial muscles to keep the facial tissues from sagging and creating a more aged look (1).

Caring For Dentures

Just like natural teeth, dentures require good daily oral hygiene habits to keep your mouth free of infection, irritation and complications. Regular cleaning also prevents denture stains and bacteria buildup (2).

Clean Your Dentures Every Day

You wouldn’t skip brushing your teeth daily – nor should you skip brushing and cleaning your dentures! Ideally, you should clean your dentures after each meal, but at a minimum, this should be done when you take them out every night.

To clean, remove the denture from your mouth and rinse off any food particles. Brush the denture gently using denture cleaning and a brush specially designed for cleaning dentures. You could also use a soft-bristled toothbrush. The key is to avoid any damage to the dentures that harder bristles could cause (1).

Avoid Using Toothpaste On The Dentures

Although dentures are used as replacement teeth, they are composed of different material than bone, so different cleaning applications are required. A non-abrasive cleanser – such as gentle liquid dish soap – is effective on dentures. Toothpaste, bleach, and powdered household cleansers, however, often contain abrasive particles that can damage the denture base or the denture teeth, so these should never be used to clean your dentures (2, 3).

Because denture cleaners are not designed to use in the mouth, be sure to rinse the denture well after cleaning or soaking it. Some of the chemicals from the soap may not be suitable for ingestion. We recommend denture cleansers that carry the ADA Seal of Acceptance. This symbolizes safety and effectiveness (1).

Handle With Care

Your dentures can be delicate! Dropping them onto a hard surface can result in cracks, chips, or breakage. We recommend standing over a sink filled with water or over a folded towel while you are cleaning the denture to avoid damage if you accidentally drop it (2).

Keep Your Dentures Wet

While your denture is out of your mouth, store it in water or a denture cleansing solution. Alternatively, you could use a solution of half water and half mouthwash. A denture that dries out can lose its shape, warp, or lose its pliability. Avoid storing it in hot water, which can also warp its shape (2).

Avoid Denture Adhesives

There are instances in which denture adhesive could be helpful. However, a typical denture should seal to the gums with just a light layer of saliva and a good fit. If you find you are requiring adhesive to comfortably wear your dentures, it could signal adjustments or replacement is necessary (2).

Give our office a call to schedule a check-up if this is happening to you.

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Caring For Your Mouth When You Have Dentures

Give Your Mouth A Break

To avoid irritation of the tissues covered by dentures, they should NOT be worn 24 hours a day. Typically, a good rule of thumb is to take the dentures out at bedtime and put them back in when you wake up. Ideally, your mouth should get at least 8 hours break from their wear (1, 3).

Check The Fit Regularly

Always pay attention to the fit of your dentures. If something doesn’t feel right, schedule an appointment to have it checked out. Ill-fitting dentures can cause irritation, mouth sores, or infection. We are trained to evaluate and repair any damage to the equipment, and to modify for any changes in the fit of your dentures.

Brush Like Usual

It’s still important to brush your gums, tongue, cheeks, and the roof of your mouth every morning and night, just as you used to brush your teeth. We recommend using a soft-bristled brush. This habit is helpful for increasing circulation in the oral tissues, removing plaque from the mouth, preventing bad breath, and starting the day clean before putting in your dentures (1, 3).

Diet Still Counts

Just as it is important for those with natural teeth to eat a balanced diet and avoid excessive sugars and acids, so too is this habit important for denture-wearers. A healthy diet plays a key role in the health of your mouth, whether you have a full set of natural teeth, a partial set, or a full set of dentures!

Regular Oral Exams

Even if you’ve lost all your natural teeth, regular oral exams are important. The dental examination can detect signs of disease, infection, or any changes in the health of your mouth, neck, throat, and head.

Dentures last about 5 to 10 years, and sometimes need work, alterations, and tune-ups to keep them functioning at their best. Regular dental checkups help to ensure your dentures are working best for you as changes occur in your mouth and as wear and tear happens to your dentures.

Schedule An Appointment With Hagen Dental Practice

Do you have questions about your dentures or your oral health? We are here to help with all your dental and denture needs! Please call (513) 251-5500 or click the Online Scheduling button on our website to schedule your next visit!  Or, give us a call at (513) 251-5500 today!

 

Sources:

  1. http://www.ada.org/~/media/ADA/Publications/Files/ADA_PatientSmart_Dentures.pdf?la=en
  2. https://www.ada.org/en/member-center/oral-health-topics/dentures
  3. https://www.mouthhealthy.org/en/az-topics/d/dentures

Most Commonly Asked Questions: Dentures

Wednesday, June 11th, 2014

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Q: What’s all this I’m hearing about Overdentures?

A: Millions of people are missing enough teeth to require dentures. Overdentures are what we like to call “the answer for slipping dentures.” Many people have grown accustomed to, or put up with slipping or wandering dentures—but there’s a better way!

Overdentures are an effective way to ensure that your dentures stay secure and in place. Your dentures or bridge are anchored with an implant to make sure there is no issue of loose-fitting dentures. What we find is that people have renewed confidence, better chewing, improved speech, and increased comfort with Overdentures.

Q: What are the other benefits of denture stabilization in my mouth beyond just aesthetics?

A: Overdentures are a great solution because they have long-term durability. Besides renewing your confidence, keep in mind that often times we see benefits to health and diet once you are able to restore proper chewing habits. The cost and upkeep associated with denture adhesives is a thing of the past!

In many cases, Overdentures will allow you to retain many of your natural teeth, which can be a positive in terms of keeping your jaw bone healthy/avoiding bone loss in the jaw if those teeth had to also be removed. Other benefits of Overdentures include:

• Better stimulation of your jaw bone—which can slow and stop the shrinkage process that is seen when teeth are missing in the mouth
• Better stability and comfort, resulting in less embarrassment and less sores that result from chewing and talking
• Better ability for your lower facial structure to hold its natural shape, enabling you to avoid premature aging due to your teeth/bone loss

Q: My dentures fit me just fine. Do I still need to visit the dentist regularly?

A: The answer is…yes! Just because you have dentures does not mean you should no longer visit the dentist regularly. Remember we are also checking for any signs of gum disease by looking over your jaw, gum, as well as tongue. Since your mouth can be a great indicator of your overall health, we can also ensure you do not have oral cancer.

Unfortunately, more than 60 percent of oral cancer cases are discovered later than they need to be. If you still come in to your dentist regularly, we are able to make sure your dentures are still fitting well, and we can help solve any denture-related problems you may be having.

Q: It’s exciting to hear that this kind of dental treatment can serve as a stable foundation for my teeth. What else should I know?

A: Dentures are often not talked about as much as our other treatments—but be sure to ask us any questions you have when you come in to visit us. For people with missing teeth, Overdentures provide you with a premier, top-of-the-line solution so you can keep smiling and living a healthy life. Get in touch with us today.