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Common Mistakes Made with Dentures

Posted on 2/23/2018 by Dr. Michael Drone
Dentures Drone Prosthodontics IN 46383Dentures are a common solution to replacing an entire arch of missing teeth. They restore your smile, allow you to eat your favorite foods once again and you are able to speak properly and be understood.

While dentures offer so many benefits, there are some common mistakes that you might be making that can harm your oral health and your dentures.

You Stop Your Oral Hygiene Routine

Just because you don't have teeth anymore doesn't mean you can stop brushing. In fact, brushing may even be more important now. If you don't brush your gums, bacteria can build up and then get trapped under your dentures. The bacteria can attack your gums and lead to gum disease. You should also take care to brush your tongue and your cheeks.

Not Handling Your Dentures Carefully
Dentures need to be handled with care. Before you take them out to clean them, lay down a soft cloth or fill the sink with water. This way, in case you drop them, they won't break.

And when you brush them, brush gently, and don't use toothpaste. Toothpaste contains abrasives that can cause microscopic scratches where bacteria can grow.

Not Storing Dentures Properly

You should leave your dentures out at night to give your gums a break, but you shouldn't just leave them on the bathroom counter. Dentures can dry out and then they won't fit properly anymore. When you take them out at night, they should be stored in water or in a denture solution.

Wearing Ill-Fitting Dentures

Dentures are custom made from molds of your mouth, which help to ensure a proper fit. However, you jaw changes shape over time, which means at some point, the dentures will no longer fit. Wearing ill-fitting dentures can cause pain and sores, and they lead to faster jawbone deterioration.

Not Visiting the Dentist

Just like with oral hygiene, just because you no longer have teeth, that doesn't mean you no longer need to visit the dentist. Maintaining regular visits with your dentist will ensure that your dentures still fit properly. And your dentist will be able to examine your mouth for early signs of oral health issues.

Avoiding these common mistakes with your dentures will help to keep your mouth healthy and extend the life of your dentures. If you are unsure of anything involving your dentures, or have questions, don't hesitate to contact your dentist.
Michael Drone Dentistry & Prosthodontics
809 Wall Street
Valparaiso, IN 46383
PH: (219) 250-1163
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