Although dentures are not exactly the same as your natural teeth, they still require regular care and regular appointments to the dentist’s office. Caring for them properly can mean extending the lifespan of the replacement teeth, while preventing costly damage to them.
Clean Them Carefully
This is the first and possibly the most important piece of advice that the dentist will give you regarding your dentures. It truly is essential that you keep your dentures clean, but this must also be handled with great caution to reduce the risk of scratching or chipping the replacement teeth. Regular brushing and rinsing will remove food, debris, bacteria, and plaque. That means fewer stains on the surface and greater comfort when wearing them. This must be done with a super soft brush, which is why there are toothbrushes made specifically for cleaning dentures. It also should be done over a padded surface, in case you happen to lose your grip on the dentures while cleaning them. Damage done from a drop may represent a significant out-of-pocket expense.
Store Them Carefully
The dentist will very likely discuss the proper storage when they are not being worn. They must be kept damp. If they are allowed to dry out, they can become misshapen. That, of course, could result in a poor fit or an awkward appearance. This is why there are soaking solutions when storing dentures when they are not being worn. It is important to note here that there are some types of dentures, particularly those with metal fixtures that may require different storage solutions. These should be carefully discussed with your dentist to ensure that you don’t inadvertently harm your dental apparatus.
Handle Them Carefully
It isn’t just during cleaning and storage that you must take care not to damage them. Accidents do happen, however, and if something is broken, consult the professionals. Do not attempt to fix the problem yourself and do not continue to wear ill-fitting dentures. You can cause injury to your mouth.