Dentures do a lot more than restoring your beautiful smile. They are also important for your overall health and improving your quality of life. First-time denture wearers are faced with getting used to wearing them. It may take a little bit of time. But they will begin to feel more natural with time. It’s important to learn how to take care of dentures so you can continue to eat, speak, and smile with confidence. Here are a few tips for maintaining dentures.
Maintaining Dentures With Good Oral Health Habits
Just like natural teeth, dentures need to be cleaned properly. If not, bacteria can build up and lead to oral infections. Keeping your dentures clean is half the battle. But you also need to brush your gums, tongue, and cheeks before placing dentures in your mouth. The fewer bacteria you have in your mouth, the better!
Keep Dentures Clean
Dentures need to be cleaned daily. They can breed bacteria, stain, and breed bacteria. There are three steps to cleaning dentures.
- Rinsing – Rinsing dentures help remove loose food particles.
- Brushing – Brush dentures with a soft-bristled toothbrush and denture cleaning detergent. (Never use bleach.)
- Soaking – Let dentures soak overnight in special cleaning solutions made just for soaking and cleaning dentures.
Just brushing is not always enough for maintaining dentures. Bristles often cannot reach food or bacteria that have become trapped. Remove bacteria, food, and plaque by soaking them in a special cleaning solution. After they soak overnight, rinse them well before putting them in your mouth.
Avoid Sticky or Hard Foods
Sticky foods can cause dentures to dislodge, or they can become lodged in difficult to clean areas. Toffee, hard candies, and other foods like these should be avoided altogether as they can cause problems. Try not to think about what you cannot eat, instead think of all the foods you can now enjoy! Just avoid foods that cause lots of wear and tear on dentures.
Cut Foods Into Bite-Sized Pieces
When you first get dentures from your Dr. Jennifer Schau, your Saginaw dentist, it may feel difficult to eat at all. Chewing foods will take a little time to get used to. Some foods may feel a bit difficult to eat at first. Don’t avoid eating them. Just prepare your food by cutting it into small pieces. This makes chewing a lot easier. You may want to use a little more butter or sauce to make foods easier to chew. Remember to chew using both sides of the mouth. This prevents dentures from becoming loose while you eat.
Maintaining Dentures Means Staying Hydrated
It’s common to get dry mouth when you wear dentures. Dry mouth can increase your risk of gum irritation and bacterial decay. Staying hydrated helps your mouth maintain good saliva production which is essential for maintaining dentures and a healthy mouth. Some medications may increase the risk of dry mouth too. Talk to your Saginaw dentist about how to fight dry mouth.
Regular Checkups with Your Saginaw Dentist
After you get your dentures, you still need regular checkups with Dr. Schau. This helps ensure your dentures continue to fit well and that no infections are present in your mouth. You may choose to have the dentures sterilized during your appointment. As always, you can ask Dr. Jennifer Schau any questions or share any concerns during your visit.
Call us today!
Whether you are ready for dentures so you can get back to living your best life, or you need a checkup, schedule your appointment today! We are here to help you with your oral health needs.