Denture Do’s & Dont’s!
So, you just got a brand new shiny denture and you want to keep it that way for as long as possible. They are substitutes for the natural teeth you once had, so common sense says you should just use a toothbrush with some toothpaste to brush them, right? Wrong. Keep reading to find out why this is not such a good idea. Below is a concise list of some of the things you should be aware of while maintaining your dentures.
- Take your dentures out when you sleep. Similar to shoes, you want to take them off and give your gums time to breathe and relax from the constant compression they induce.
- Brush your gums daily; it helps circulate blood flow within your gums and oral tissues.
- Use your fingers to push your partial denture into place. Don’t get into the habit of simply ‘biting down’ on your denture to get it into place. All it takes is for the denture to be slightly unaligned for it to break or possibly harm you.
- Remove and rinse your dentures after eating.
- See your denturist annually for checkups to ensure your denture is fitting and functioning properly.
- Look to replace them every 5-7 years. Even though your dentures seem to fit fine, you may not notice your teeth wearing out since it’s a gradual erosion. Severely worn-out teeth change the vertical dimensions of your mouth, causing you to over close. Chewing efficiency also goes down as the denture teeth wear out.
- Use HOT water to clean them, this may distort/warp your denture.
- Use toothpaste. It’s an abrasive substance that will leave micro scratches on your denture, causing food/calculus buildup.
- Soak your dentures in bleach. This may severely discolour your denture.
- Try to fix them yourself. Unlike your home renos, this is not the time to “DIY.” Using ‘super glue’ to repair leaves an unwanted layer on the denture making it harder to accurately put it back together. These glues are also not strong enough to withstand biting forces and will break again. Make an appointment with your denturist and he/she will likely repair your denture within an hour or two.
- Wear your dentures 24/7. Take them out when you are sleeping. You want to give your gums some time to breathe, relax, and let the blood circulate. If you really don’t like the idea of sleeping without them, then try to find other times to take them to give your mouth a breather (showers/baths, driving, etc.).
If you have any questions or concerns, feel free to give us a call. Here at North York Denture Clinic, we work closely with our patients to ensure that they’re always receiving the best care and maintenance for their dentures. Proper denture maintenance is crucial yet often overlooked. Many dentures are replaced pre-maturely due to lack of proper maintenance so it is important to take proper care of your dentures to get the most value out of their lifespan. After all, isn’t your smile worth taking care of?