Whether you have partial or full dentures from a certified Central Coast dentist, they require proper care to keep them clean, free from stains and looking their best.
Dentures are artificial teeth and gums that are formed to your mouth and created by your dentist to replace lost or removed natural teeth.
They can either come in full or partial sets, which means they can either replace all the teeth on the top or bottom of the gum line or just a few teeth that are missing.
No matter what kind of dentures your Central Coast dentist recommends, they will be designed specifically for your individual mouth.
They will be custom designed to fit your mouth and will be made to match any of your pre-existing teeth.
In the past, the artificial teeth that make up dentures were made out of porcelain or plastic, but more modern dentures are generally made out of a hard resin.
The materials used to make denture teeth are known to be more fragile than natural teeth and can easily chip or crack if dropped or otherwise uncared for.
So, to take care of your dentures here are some tips to keep them looking their best for the longest period of time.
Take out and rinse your dentures after eatingYou’d be surprised at how much loose pieces of food can be wedged in your dentures. Be careful not to drop them or bend of damage the clasps while cleaning them.
Brush your dentures dailyJust like you would your real teeth, dentures need to be brushed daily as they will build up with food deposits.
If your dentures require adhesive glue, talk to your dentist about the best way to clean these and avoid using dental cleansers in your mouth.
Soak denturesMost dentures need to retain their shape, and by doing this, they need to stay moist.
Your dentist can show you options for storing your dentures overnight with proper cleaning and solutions specifically made for dentures. However, make sure you are diligent with rinsing the dentures before putting them back in your mouth.
The solutions can contain chemicals which can cause vomiting or burning if swallowed.
Make regular dentist appointmentsYou most likely have your regular dentist appointments scheduled through the year, but once you have dentures, your dentist may recommend extra visits to help ensure the proper fit is in place. Also to ensure that there is no discomfort in your mouth.
If your dentures are showing signs of being loose, call your Central Coast dentist straight away, or you may be at risk of developing irritation in the mouth, sores or even infection.
Things to avoidWe are all culprits of laziness and being time-poor from time to time but try and avoid a quick clean with the closest available brush.
Stiff-bristled or abrasive cleaning brushes and harsh toothpaste can damage the dentures.
Also, avoid whitening toothpaste as they will do little to change the colour of your dentures anyway, and some contain bleaches that can weaken the dentures.
Don’t soak them in chlorine because it can also tarnish and corrode metals and never use boiling hot water which can warp the shape of your dentures.
At Niagara Park Dental, our vision is to make high-quality dentures affordable for all our Central Coast patients.
Contact us today so we can help find the right denture treatment for your individual needs.
Articles are written by Dr M Hajarat.