Tips for Keeping Dentures in Top Condition

 

Dentures are a big investment that also can have a life-changing effect on your appearance. Many people who are embarrassed by their tooth loss feel a renewed sense of confidence when they get their smiles back. Also, dentures can help you look younger by restoring structure to your face that is often lost when you have missing teeth. Because of all of these benefits and the cost of the dentures themselves, patients are often eager to do everything that they can to keep their dentures in good condition. These strategies will help you care for your dentures so that they look their best for as long as possible.

 

Practice Careful Handling

A common way that dentures get damaged is when people drop them when they are trying to clean them. When it is time to clean your dentures, remove them in the place where you will be doing the cleaning, and hold them over a soft towel while you are working on them. Standing on a bath mat may also help to protect them if they fall. If you do drop them, let your dentist inspect them. You could easily overlook a small area of damage that will eventually become worse and cause pain and irritation if not repaired.

Stay Hydrated

A dry mouth will make the artificial gum portion of your dentures become stiff and brittle, causing them to feel uncomfortable and eventually break. Staying well-hydrated will help to keep your mouth moist. If you do remove your dentures, don’t allow them to sit out. Instead, keep them in a glass of water or denture solution.

Maintain Good Oral Hygiene

Even when you have dentures, it is important to maintain a routine of cleaning your gums, tongue, and cheeks, so that your mouth is healthy enough for your dentures. You can still develop infections that cause bone loss and change the way your dentures fit, so stick to a good hygiene routine.

Glenwood Premier Dental provides high-quality dentures plus assistance with ongoing care so that your dentures always look and feel their best. If you’re considering dentures, schedule a consultation with our dentist in Hazlet by calling (732) 264-4477.

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