Dentures are a fantastic way of regaining your confidence and oral health, but they do require some care. You want to make sure you are taking care of your dentures so you can avoid denture repairs and replacements.
Here are a few things you can do to prevent denture damage and make your dentures last longer.
Handle with care to avoid denture repair
The more careful you are with your dentures, the more likely they are to last longer and not get damaged. Try not to be too rough when handling them, and be sure to remove them from your mouth with both hands rather than one.
If you frequently remove your dentures with one hand from one side, they can lose their shape and eventually wear them down.
Rinse your dentures regularly
If you don’t regularly clean your dentures, you run the risk of causing damage to not only your gums which can be painful but damage to your dentures also. Be sure to clean them regularly to avoid further complications.
Avoid hot water on your dentures
Hot water can cause the material of your dentures to soften and warp, meaning they will no longer be the intended shape designed by your dental technician, and may stop sitting comfortably in your mouth.
If this happens, you may need a denture repair or a new set of dentures altogether. To avoid this, denture wearers must wash their dentures in cold water.
Store dentures in a plastic case
One of the don’ts of denture care is leaving your dentures unprotected. Part of proper denture care is ensuring proper storage. Dentures can break, so avoid your dentures falling victim to pets, children or a nasty fall and keep them safe in a plastic case on a high up shelf.
Avoid hard foods or sticky foods
Dentures are an excellent way to replace missing teeth, however, they do require a different standard of care as compared to natural teeth. Where you may have been able to bite into rock candy with natural teeth, you might have to be a little more careful when you wear dentures.
Although dentures can’t get tooth decay, they can get chipped or damaged. If you want to keep your dentures long term, avoid hard or sticky foods.
Schedule regular dental check-ups
You should be scheduling regular check-ups with your dental technician to ensure your dentures are working for you. If your technician sports a broken denture, they may be able to repair the broken denture to avoid further damage.
If you delay your visits, it may be too late to repair your dentures and they may need to be completely replaced.