Caring for Your Dentures

 

healthygums-austin-oral-surgery-300x200Dentures require a significant amount of care. With the proper care, your oral health as well as your wallet will thank you. So, how does one correctly care for dentures?

Cleaning

When removing your dentures, handle them with care. Make sure you are standing on something soft, in case the dentures are dropped or fall from the surface that you are setting them on.

To remove food and plaque build-up, dentures require daily brushing, just like natural teeth. Brushing can also help prevent any permanent staining that may occur from eating or drinking. When brushing your dentures, it’s important to make sure you use soft-bristle brushes that are made for brushing dentures. Regular toothbrushes with harder-bristles may ruin the dentures. In between brushing, dentures should be removed and rinsed with water after every meal.

Denture cleaner is another way to clean dentures in the evening. This does not replace the brushing, but is still a necessary step that must be taken daily in order to keep dentures fresh and clean. Hand soap and mild dishwashing agents may be used to clean dentures. However, harsher cleaning solutions and toothpastes are typically too abrasive for dentures. If you try to bleach the teeth to make them whiter, you run a risk of bleaching the pink part of the denture, which would make the dentures look unnatural. There are ultrasonic cleaners that are made for dentures. These are small devices that look like small bath-tubs. Dentures are submerged in a cleaning solution or water and ultrasonic waves dislodge any unwanted particles from the dentures. This also cannot replace brushing – it is just a supplemental cleaning tool.

Dentures must be kept moist when they aren’t being worn. They must either be submerged in water or cleaner while out of the mouth for a long period of time. If they dry out, they will warp and will need to be replaced. Dentures should be removed and submerged every night, as this will give your gums a chance to rest.

Dentures are worn by those who are missing some, if not all teeth. There are different kinds of dentures, which generally fall into two basic categories – full and partial. Dentures are not for everyone, so consulting with an oral surgeon or dentist can help you determine whether or not they are for you. You, your dentist, and/or oral surgeon, may determine another tooth replacement option serves you better, such as dental implants.

If you have any questions or concerns about dentures, missing teeth, and/or oral healthcare, contact Austin Oral Surgery today. There are 10 convenient locations around the Austin area. Our team of surgeons is extensively trained in the full scope of oral and maxillofacial surgery and is committed to providing superior, individualized care.