Keeping your dentures clean is the most important responsibility for you, the patient. Just like natural teeth, dentures attract plaque, become stained, and collect food particles that can cause you to have bad breath. Practice good oral health by keeping your dentures as clean as possible. The 2 best methods of cleaning your dentures are soaking and brushing.
An excellent way to cleanse your dentures safely and effectively is with a professional powder cleanser, used in a denture bath. Soaking dentures every night will effectively remove food particles from crevices and spaces between the teeth. It will also remove plaque and odour-causing film and eliminate all micro-organisms.
The most effective cleansing method for dentures is brushing with a special denture brush and a specialized denture cleaning paste. It is important to use these specialized cleansing materials because ordinary toothbrushes and commercial toothpastes are too abrasive. They can damage the acrylic surface of your dentures, which allows unseen bacteria to grow on the surface of the denture. These bacteria could be harmful to your health. Brushing daily will maintain the bright and natural appearance of your dentures.
How do I know if I need dentures?
If your teeth have become painful, eating is difficult, you have broken or chipped dentures, or you are embarrassed to smile, you should schedule a free consultation at Valley Denture Services Ltd.
How will my new dentures help me?
Your new dentures will restore your healthy and beautiful smile and give you a new self-confidence. Your dentures will help to support your facial muscles. You should find that eating is much more enjoyable after you have adjusted to your new dentures, especially if you had missing teeth, oral infections and oral pain. In addition, good oral health should improve your overall general health, as well.
How will I adjust to my new dentures?
You will need some adjustment in eating and speaking, and we will guide you through the process.
You will notice right away that your new dentures seem very large in your mouth. You may even experience a gag reaction in response to this feeling of fullness, particularly in the back of your mouth. This is a normal first reaction, but be patient. In time, with a little practice, you will adjust naturally to this initial discomfort and barely notice your dentures in your mouth.
How do I care for my dentures?
You should have regular checkups, just as you would with your natural teeth, in order to monitor your oral health and denture fit. Other points to keep in mind are:
• Wear your dentures up to 16 hours per
• Remove your dentures at night while
• To prevent drying, place dentures in a denture bath using a professionally designed denture tablet and soak in warm water
• Brush your gums gently with a soft
• Brush your dentures daily, using a denture
brush and special denture cleaning paste
• Good nutrition is important
Denture adhesives can be useful for stability, especially during the break-in period. An adhesive can also be helpful if you have an overly-thin ridge of supporting bone, an abnormality in your supporting tissues, or if certain medications or weight loss interfere with denture fit. Some patients use an adhesive simply for the extra stability, comfort and confidence that accompanies use.
Have questions that aren’t answered here? Contact our office to learn more or to schedule a free consultation.
Kentville Clinic (Head Office)
381-B Main Street
Kentville, NS B4N 1K7