So, you just found out that you need a tooth removal procedure, and you’re going to need dentures. Caring for dentures is not the same as caring for natural teeth. It can seem intimidating at first, but don’t worry. Here are some basic tips for taking care of your new chompers.
Soak them overnight
Most dentures need to stay moist in order to keep their shape. In order to do this, you should take your dentures out overnight and soak them in a denture-cleaning solution. Soaking them overnight will also help kill bacteria and germs on your dentures. You can eliminate 99.9% of germs this way as opposed to other quick cleaning methods. Taking them out at night also gives your gum tissue a chance to rest.
Don’t use toothpaste
This may sound weird because you’re used to cleaning your teeth with toothpaste, but regular toothpaste is not good for dentures. Toothpaste is abrasive and can create tiny scratches where food and plaque can build up on your dentures. Instead, you should use a nonabrasive denture cleaner and a soft bristle toothbrush to brush your dentures at least once a day.
Rinse after you eat
After you eat you should remove your dentures and rinse them. Run warm water over them to remove any food debris and other loose particles that may have gotten stuck in them. If you have the kind of implants that are not supposed to be removed often, then just make sure you rinse out your mouth after you eat.
Visit your dentist
Your dentist will recommend how often you should make an appointment, but it is typically once a year. Your dentist will help you ensure that you have the right fit and are not experiencing discomfort. They will also make sure that your mouth is healthy. They will look to make sure your oral tissue is not changing and that you are not developing sores that could potentially become cancerous.
Over 30 million Americans are missing all of their teeth in one or both of their jaws. If you’re one of them, and you need dentures, there are some things you need to know about caring for them. You should soak them overnight, rinse them after you eat, not use toothpaste, and visit your dentist. Your new teeth will help you get your confidence and your smile back; you just have to make sure you take care of them!