For most people, dentures can be a significant investment, so it shouldn’t come as a surprise when your dentist tells you, ‘You need to take care of them.’
Taking care of your dentures, the right way, reduces the risk of unnecessary and costly repair and will provide you with the smile makeover you’re looking for.
Read on to learn the 7 simple steps, we recommend, that’ll keep your dentures in tip-top shape and ensure you get the most out of them for years to come.
7 Simple Tips for Taking Care of Your Dentures and Maintaining That Smile Makeover
1. Ease Into Daily Functions
It’s quite common for new dentures to feel a little awkward or strange, so it’s important you take daily activities like eating, drinking and speaking slowly until you feel comfortable.
To get your tongue and cheek muscles used to your new dentures, start by chewing small soft pieces of food, then, gradually progress to larger pieces as you feel more comfortable.
Practice speaking at home by reading out loud. This will help with pronunciation and reduce the risk of your dentures slipping out when trying particularly tricky sentences.
2. Practice Awareness When Taking Your Dentures Out
As your dentures can be damaged if they slip out of your hand, it’s a good idea to lay something down, like a soft towel, in front of you before removing them.
Also, when rinsing your dentures try to do so over a half-filled sink of water. This will dampen the blow if you happen to drop them.
3. Rinse Your Dentures After Eating
Just like your original teeth, your smile makeover (aka your dentures) can suffer from food and plaque build-up. This is why we recommended you carefully remove and rinse your dentures after eating, following the awareness safety steps outlined above.
4. Brush Your Dentures Daily
To aid in promoting good oral health, and the lifespan of your dentures, we recommend cleaning them daily with a soft bristle toothbrush, using either warm water and mild soap or a good quality denture cleanser.
5. Clean Your Mouth
After you’ve removed and cleaned your dentures, the next step is to ensure you give your gums, tongue and palate a gentle clean with a nice soft bristled toothbrush.
Do this both in the evenings, after you’ve removed your dentures, and in the morning, before you put them in. Doing so helps maintain oral health and will also stimulate the circulation within your gums.
6. Soak Your Dentures Overnight
Before bed, soak your dentures in a glass of clean fresh water or a good quality mild denture soaking solution.
This will provide the tissues within your with mouth a much-needed rest, while keeping your dentures nice and clean for the morning.
7. Avoid DIY Denture Repairs
If you do find that your dentures have lost their shape, or have been damaged in some way, it’s important you avoid fixing them yourself.
While the damage to your dentures may appear minor, fixing them yourself can lead to further damage. In worst cases, this could mean needing a whole new set.
Damaged dentures not only make daily functions like eating, drinking and speaking difficult, they can also lead to oral irritations, sores and even infections.
If you notice your dentures are cracked, chipped or damaged in any way, or have questions about getting a smile makeover, feel free to contact us at any one of our clinics today!
For more information about Dentures, feel free to contact us at any one of our Amazing Smiles Cosmetic Dentist Clinics located at Gold Coast, Logan, Logan, Jimboomba, Strathpine and Wynnum to book a consultation with our cosmetic dental professionals. Free initial consultation inspection.