Choose the right dentures for your needs
One of the first steps in extending the life of your dentures is ensuring you choose the right set of dentures. The best dentures for you will depend on your circumstances, including your budget and your preferred material. Different denture types require different levels of maintenance. For example, acrylic dentures are easy to repair and chrome dentures are a stronger denture option.
Clean your dentures every day
Cleaning dentures is different to cleaning regular teeth. Dentures must be cleaned regularly and thoroughly to ensure they last as long as they can. Regular cleaning keeps dentures free from bacteria and stains and helps maintain their original aesthetic. There are certain steps you should follow to ensure your dentures stay clean. Creating a cleaning routine that works for you and your dentures is important for extending the life of your dentures.
Handle with care
When cleaning your dentures, it is important to handle them with care. Use the correct cleaning products, equipment, and water temperature. Dentures can be fragile, and there can be a risk of dropping the dentures when cleaning them. Cleaning your dentures over a bowel of water or a folded towel can help prevent any damaged caused if the dentures are accidentally dropped or knocked.
Keep your mouth clean
Denture cleanliness is directly related to the hygiene in your mouth. By ensuring you keep both your dentures and mouth hygienic you will lower the risk of losing more teeth and developing oral infections, that can have a negative effect on the life of your dentures. By cleaning your teeth, gums and tongue you are significantly reducing the likelihood of future dental issues, and problems with your denture’s aesthetic and fit.
Visit your denturist regularly for maintenance
Maintaining professional dental check-ups are equally important when you have dentures for the same reasons as when you have natural teeth. Check-ups are essential for keeping your mouth healthy and preventing small issues from becoming bigger. You should schedule check-ups once a year for your dentures and overall oral health, however smokers and alcohol drinkers should consider more regular check-ups.
When you visit your denturist or clinical dental technician, you will be checked for:
- The fit of your dentures
- Damage to your dentures
- Checked for cancer, infections, or sores
- Oral hygiene maintenance
Following these simple steps can help you extend the life of your dentures. 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.
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.
If you’re having problems with your existing dentures or you’re starting to experience tooth loss, book a free consultation with us for an oral examination and to discuss your options.