If you have lost some or all of your permanent teeth, you may be wearing partial or full dentures. Both types require special care and handling techniques. Here are the top tips for taking care of your new dentures.
- Remove your dentures before sleeping. If your dentures have metal clasps, soak them in warm water. Otherwise, you can use special denture cleanser or a half water, half vinegar solution. Soaking helps remove bacteria, tartar, plaque, and stains.
- Handle them carefully. Dentures are expensive and can break easily, so you want to treat them with care. Clean them over a bowl of water or a folded towel in case you drop them. Avoid using toothpicks, strong cleaners, or hard brushes on them.
- Daily cleanings. Even though your dentures aren't real teeth, tartar and stains can still build up on them. Plaque can lead to problems in your gum tissues underneath, including infection. Brush your dentures with a soft-bristled brush and a mildly abrasive toothpaste daily.
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- Caring for Your Gums. When you remove your dentures, rinse your mouth and massage your gums with a washcloth. Continue to floss and brush natural teeth regularly.
Check for changes in fit. If your dentures don't fit correctly or feel uncomfortable, see your dentist. Improper fitting dentures may be an indication of periodontal disease, and our dentists can make adjustments to your dentures as well as check the inside of your mouth to ensure there are no concerns.
Eat properly. Dentures may make it challenging or painful to eat fresh vegetables and fruits. Proper nutrition can slow the progress of gum disease. A healthy diet can result in a healthy mouth.
If you have new dentures in Chesapeake, VA, trust Dr. Parvin and her professionals for tips on proper care. Contact a cosmetic dentist at our office today at 757-918-8400 to schedule an appointment.
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