As we get older, our dental health requires a bit more attention, and many individuals find themselves gravitating towards cosmetic dentistry. Along with tooth loss, or tooth decay often come dentures. Dentures help to create a sparkling and functional smile. Whether you have full dentures or just partial dentures, proper denture care is very important. What are some of the best ways to protect your cosmetic dentistry investment?
Remove Dentures before Bed
Your dentures may receive heavy use during the day, and your mouth tissues need time to recover. If for whatever reason you are unable to remove your dentures while you sleep, it’s important to find at least six to eight hours during the day where your dentures are not in your mouth. It’s also important to find time to remove your dentures so that you can soak them to remove plaque, tartar and bacteria that form during use. Again, the specific time isn’t necessarily important of when to remove your dentures, but it is important to give your mouth tissues a chance to recover.
Clean Dentures Daily
While dentures may not be the same as real teeth, you still need to take care of your dentures with regular cleanings. Your dentures become magnets for plaque, and your mouth may become susceptible to infections and irritations. You will want to use a different toothbrush on your dentures than you would on your regular teeth, and a soft bristled toothbrush is highly recommended. With dentures, you can use hand soap, detergent, dental paste and a few other options to make sure you maintain proper cleaning procedures.
Be Careful with Dentures
Cosmetic dentistry isn’t cheap, so you will need to make sure you are extra careful when handling your dentures. In order for extra protection during cleanings, it can be helpful to put your dentures in a folded towel or a bowl to prevent them from falling and breaking. Hard brushes and toothpicks can actually cause damage to dentures, and make sure not to use cleaners that are too strong. There are a lot of options out there, so make sure you understand how different cleaning solutions work with your dentures.
Leikin & Baylin Dental Care of Catonsville
If you have questions about denture care or it has been a while since your last dental cleaning, let our friendly and professional staff help restore your dental health. Call today at 410-747-1115, or submit any questions by visiting CatonsvilleDentalCare.com.
Disclaimer: The writer of this article is not a medical professional. Information contained herein has been collected from sources believed to be reliable, and every precaution has been taken to ensure its accuracy. The information provided here is for general informational purposes only, and should not be used as a substitute for professional medical care.