Dentures can be a significant investment for most people, so it shouldn’t surprise you when your dentist tells you, ‘You need to take care of them.’ Taking care of your denture correctly reduces the risk of unnecessary and costly repairs and will provide you with the smile makeover you’re looking for.
7 Simple Tips for Taking Care of Your Dentures and Maintaining That Smile Makeover
1. Ease Into Daily Functions
New dentures commonly feel awkward or strange, so you must 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
Like your original teeth, your smile makeover (aka your dentures) can suffer from food and plaque build-up. We recommend carefully removing and rinsing your dentures after eating, following the above-mentioned awareness safety steps.
4. Brush Your Dentures Daily
To promote 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 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 stimulates 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 mouth with a much-needed rest while keeping your dentures nice and clean for the morning.
7. Avoid DIY Denture Repairs
If you find that your dentures have lost their shape or have been damaged somehow, you must avoid fixing them yourself.
While the damage to your dentures may appear minor, fixing them can lead to further damage. In worst cases, this could mean needing a whole new set.
Damaged dentures make daily functions like eating, drinking and speaking difficult and can 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!
Please get in touch with your nearest dentist at Amazing Smiles below
- Dentist Nerang, Gold Coast: 12 Nerang-Broadbeach Road. Nerang, Gold Coast QLD 4211
- Dentist Logan: 45 Wembley Rd. Logan Central Qld 4114
- Dentist Jimboomba: Shop 12 Jimboomba Convenience Centre 133-145 Brisbane Street Jimboomba. QLD 4280
- Dentist Bray Park: Shop 14 Kensington Village Kensington Way, Bray Park, Brisbane QLD 4500
- Dentist Wynnum: 122 Bay Tce, Wynnum QLD 4178