1. Don’t drop your dentures
When cleaning your dentures, it is important to handle them with care. Dentures can be fragile, and there can be a risk of dropping the dentures when cleaning them. Cleaning your dentures over a bowl of water or a folded towel can help prevent any damaged caused if the dentures are accidentally dropped or knocked. It is also important to use the correct cleaning products, equipment, and water temperature to further prevent damage to your dentures.
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2. Don’t let them dry out
As sleeping with your dentures in is not recommended, you should remove and clean your dentures before bed. However, it is important to be sure to place them in a denture-soaking solution or water. If you don’t do this your dentures could dry out. Dentures that dry out can crack or warp, so be sure they’re always moist. You should never put your dentures in hot water because this can cause them to warp.
3. Don’t stop caring for the rest of your mouth
Even if you have a full set of dentures, you still have to care for the rest of your mouth. Be sure to brush your gums, tongue and palate (roof of your mouth) with a soft bristle brush to remove any debris or bacteria. This will freshen breath and stimulate circulation. If you have partial dentures, remove them before brushing your natural teeth with fluoride toothpaste, paying special attention to where any metal clasps attach to your teeth.
4. Don’t ignore a bad fit
If your dentures don’t feel like they are fitting right and are starting to create discomfort it is important that you see your denturist and don’t just ignore it or stop wearing them. New dentures often require a little getting used to, however they shouldn’t cause regular discomfort.
It is recommended that you get new dentures at least every 5 years, however if your dentures don’t fit correctly you may need to get them changed much sooner to avoid long-term problems with your gums and oral health.
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5. Don’t wear your dentures 24/7
Although you can wear your dentures all the time it is not advised. Leaving your dentures in 24/7 can cause several health issues and can reduce the life of your dentures. It is recommended that you remove your dentures while you sleep to allow the mouth to rest, prevent oral hygiene issues, and to prolong the life of your dentures.
So, what would happen if you left your dentures in 24/7?
- Bacteria growth
- Denture induced stomatitis
- Increased bone loss in the jaw
- Cause wear to the dentures
- Reduce cleanliness
6. Don’t leave your dentures out for long time periods
Although it is important to not wear your dentures all the time, it is equally important not to leave your dentures out for too long. If you leave your dentures out regularly and for prolonged periods of time they can become dry, leading to warping and other damage. By wearing your dentures every day they will maintain their shape and last longer.
If you are a new denture wearer this will allow your mouth to get used to the feeling of wearing them quicker, reducing discomfort and inflammation.
7. Don’t stop seeing your denturist
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.