If your permanent teeth have been removed or if they have fallen out, then you probably need to get complete or partial dentures fitted in your mouth. These dentures help you restore your normal chewing and speaking function, making them vital additions when you're missing teeth. But taking good care of them is vital to maintain their longevity. These golden rules are designed to help you prolong the lifespan of your dentures.
Take Dentures Out Every Night Before Bed
While dentures offer numerous benefits to the wearer, you must keep in mind that they put a tremendous amount of pressure on the gums. This causes the bone density and volume to decrease over time. When bone density reduces dramatically, there will be insufficient support to hold the dentures after a while and they will fall out often. To prevent this from happening, remove your dentures at night. This will give your gum bones enough time to recover back to normal. Soak your dentures in a special denture cleaner to remove plaque, bacteria, stains and tartar from them.
Brush Them Daily In The Morning
Even though you put your dentures in a cleaning solution every night, they may not be completely clean by morning because stubborn tartar and plaque may continue to remain embedded on the surface. If the dentures are filled with tartar and plaque when you put them on, it can cause irritation and infections with your gum tissues over time. To prevent this problem from occurring, make sure you brush your dentures with a soft-bristled brush to remove any tartar and plaque that builds up on them. Special denture cleaning brushes are available at retail stores and supermarkets for a more thorough cleaning job. Use the brush with mildly abrasive toothpaste to clean your dentures.
Get Denture Fit Changes Addressed Immediately
If your dentures become loose over time, then you may need to check with your dentist. This could happen because the bones and gums in your mouth change over a period of time, which may lead to an improper denture fit. Poorly fitting dentures will cause pain, burning and sores in your mouth if left unchecked for too long. These poor fitting dentures may fall out of your mouth and can break, resulting in an expensive fix. To prevent this from happening, make sure you get your dentist to adjust the dentures the minute you notice them starting to become loose.
These golden rules will help you in your quest to prolong the lifespan of your dentures.
Ever since I was a little girl, I have loved stories about the past. Whether the stories were about horses, wars, exploration or even dentistry, I loved to hear them. I find that knowing the history of something helps it to make sense and feel approachable. I know that some people have dental anxiety, and I too have suffered, but I also feel like the more you know about dental work and its history, the easier it is. This blog is dedicated to exploring the history of dentistry – What did ancient people use for fillings? How did early dentists numb their patients? Who was the first dentist? Those are just some of the questions I plan to answer here. Ready? Okay, let's dive into the history of dentistry together!