Having good oral hygiene most defiantly including caring for your dentures. Keeping bacteria away from your mouth is not only important for your oral health, but also your overall health. Concerns that can start in your mouth can lead to other physical problems in the future.
When we remind you to brush your teeth twice a day and floss once a day at the dentist office it is because we truly do care about your health. Taking care of your teeth and gums does seem to be our top priority and that is because it is.
When want you happy, and healthy. Let us go over how that also applies to your dentures with the top three rules when caring for them.
Caring For Your DenturesCleaning your dentures every day. You are going to want to brush your dentures every day. You can skip the toothpaste, because regular toothpaste can do damage to your dentures. All you need is a soft bristle brush and some warm water.
You will want to softly brush them so that you do not do damage to them, but at the same time get all the food particles and any bacteria off of them.
A good idea is to rinse in warm water after each time you eat. You can soak them in a cleaning solution at night. This will clean and remove plaque that forms on your dentures, but should be in addition to brushing them every day not a substitute.
Be careful with your dentures, they are fragile. When you are cleaning them, a good idea is to have a folded-up towel on the counter right below you in case you drop them. Fill the sink with cool to catch them also. When you are not wearing them, store them in a cup or container with cool water or cleaning solution so that they do not dry out.
Stay away from hot water because this can warp them, causing them to not fit properly or break. If you are using a cleaning solution make sure to follow the directions or ask us how long you can leave them in for.
Remember to take them out at night. You want to give your gums some time to rest. Make sure you take time for cleaning your gums and tongue also. You want to have clean surfaces everywhere in your mouth and on your dentures before putting them back in.
If we haven't stressed it enough already, don't worry, we will continue to remind you. We can help you out with suggestions and tips and tricks on how to make this a part of your daily routine. Taking care of your dentures will be a small change, but over time it will eventually just become habit.
Remember to have them with you when you come in for your appointments because we will also do an exam on them. We will look for any signs of wear or warping, and to make sure they fit the way they should. Your dentures should fit snugly, but without pain or discomfort.
If you have questions, please don't hesitate to call. We can either answer your question or get you in right away with any concerns. We look forward to seeing you.
If you have any questions or would like to schedule an appointment, please call us at (219) 250-1163 today.