Denture Care Tips
Dentures are a great option for those who have lost most or all of their natural teeth. Yet, they need just as much, if not more care than teeth. It is important to maintain proper care of your dentures to ensure that they and your mouth stay healthy. Here at Linda Rak Canepa, DDS we are committed to providing you the best denture care and services in the Rocky Ridge area.
Denture Care Tips
Clean them daily - Much like brushing daily, dentures must be cleaned daily in order to keep them in good shape. The best way to do this is by taking them out at night while you sleep. First they need to be brushed but without toothpaste since regular toothpastes can damage dentures. It is important to use either a soft bristle brush, or a brush designed specifically for dentures. After you brush them, you can soak them overnight in warm water. Both of these steps can help remove plaque build up, bacteria growth, and stains and having them out at night will also give your gums time to recover from denture use.
Clean your mouth - Just because dentures are removable doesn't mean the rest of your mouth still doesn't need maintained. It is important to use a soft bristle toothbrush to brush your gums, tongue, and roof of your mouth to keep bacteria from growing, avoid plaque and tartar build up, and stimulate circulation.
Be gentle - Dentures can be expensive and fragile, so it is important to handle them with care. When removing or cleaning them place a folded towel on the sink so if you drop them they won't break or chip. Also be sure not to use toothpicks or hard bristle brushes on your dentures to keep them from getting damaged.
Continue dental visits - It is still important to see your dentist regularly if you have full or partial dentures. They can help maintain your dentures as well as insure that they are fitting properly and that your mouth is healthy. Seeing your dentist every six months to every year can help keep gum sores from becoming cancerous.
Making the decision to get dentures is not an easy one so if you live in the Rocky River Ohio area and have missing teeth, would like more information about partial or full dentures, or have questions about denture maintenance and care, please contact us today!