Caring For Dentures
If you are a new denture wearer, you may be excited about the difference that the appliance makes in your appearance and your ability to chew properly. Dentures are designed to efficiently replace large numbers of missing teeth.
Each denture includes false teeth attached to a base that rests over the soft tissues of the palate. A traditional upper denture is held securely in position by the force of suction that is created as the denture lies against the gums and the roof of the mouth. The customized fit of the upper denture leaves few gaps or spaces between the components of the patient's mouth and the denture.
Although a lower denture also has a customized fit, without the concave surface of the roof of the mouth, the denture is more likely to require additional support to remain in place. The support may come from stabilizing dental implants or dental adhesive.
Dentures are available in partial and full varieties. The partial denture replaces lost teeth when there are still remaining natural teeth in the palate. The full denture is used when no natural teeth are left along a palate.
Regardless of the type of denture that you receive, its proper care is imperative for the longevity of the device. Here are a few ways to keep your denture in great condition.
Rinse After Meals
People with natural teeth are often advised to rinse their mouth with water after a meal to remove food particles and colorants that could be left on the teeth. Likewise, denture wearers should rinse their appliance after eating. The appliance is less likely to become stained, and less plaque is apt to develop on the denture.
Just be sure to use cool water when rinsing. Hot water can damage the appliance, causing the plastic components to warp.
Although a denture cannot decay, the appliance should be brushed daily to remove plaque and debris. However, when brushing, it is best to use dish detergent, denture cleaner, or liquid soap as a cleanser. The abrasiveness of toothpaste could scratch the appliance, leaving more areas for bacterial buildup.
Store in Liquid
When a denture is removed at night, it should be stored in a denture solution or clean water. Leaving the appliance uncovered when out of the mouth could cause it to dry out and become brittle.
To learn more about the proper care of your dentures, schedule a consultation with a business like Cape Dental Care.