Getting dentures can be a big change and it can have a hugely positive impact on your life. When you are wearing dentures, however, there are several habits that should be avoided to maintain your dentures and their comfortable fit. From managing oral hygiene, to maintaining your normal eating practices- avoiding these habits will support you in your day to day life as a denture wearer.
1. Improper cleaning
Dentures require the same level of cleaning as natural teeth. They must be cleaned regularly and thoroughly. Regular cleaning keeps dentures free from bacteria and stains, helping maintain their original aesthetic. Creating a cleaning routine that works for you and your dentures is important for extending the life of your dentures.
2. Leaving them in while you sleep
You shouldn’t wear your dentures while you sleep. Many people grind their teeth or clench the jaw while they sleep which can wear the dentures faster. Bacteria will also grow on your dentures while you sleep if you don’t remove them. This can lead to infections and other oral hygiene issues. Wearing dentures can put pressure on the mouth and gums. By removing them when you sleep you are removing this pressure and allowing the gums to rest.
3. Not wearing them every day
If you leave your dentures out regularly they can become dry, leading to warping and other damage. By wearing your dentures every day they will maintain their shape and last longer. This also allows your mouth to get used to the feeling of wearing them more easily, reducing discomfort and inflammation.
4. Chewing gum
Chewing gum while you are wearing dentures can cause your dentures to dislodge while you are speaking or chewing. It can get stuck on the dentures and this can be difficult to get off which is bad for both denture care and aesthetics. Chewing gum often contains a high level of sugar. This can cause your dentures to wear quicker and can lead to further oral health issues.
5. Not seeing your denturist
It is equally important to maintain regular dental check-ups when you have dentures as it is with natural teeth. Check-ups are essential for keeping your mouth healthy and preventing small issues from becoming bigger. A check-up once a year is recommended, however, smokers and alcohol drinkers should consider more regular check-ups.
You can book a denture check-up with our Clinical Dental Technician or our in-house dentist if you do not have a preferred dentist of your own. Call one of our clinics to arrange your appointment for a time that suits you.
Avoiding these habits can help you extend the life of your dentures and maintain their aesthetic. If you’re having problems with your existing dentures or if you’re starting to experience tooth loss, book a free consultation with us for an oral examination and to discuss your options.