Keeping your dentures healthy and attractive
- Posted on: Dec 30 2015
For people who wear dentures, we know how vital they are to our overall health and sense of wellbeing. Dentures can provide a great, natural looking smile while allowing us to eat and speak more naturally, too.
Living with dentures has its challenges
Whether you have full or partial dentures, you may have had to somewhat relearn to speak and chew with them. And you have to closely manage dry mouth and your breath, plus be on the outlook for mouth infections. But we have some great tips that can help keep you smiling, eating and speaking with ease.
Treat your dentures with the same care as you would natural teeth
- Your dentures need to be brushed as least once a day to remove bacteria, tartar and stains – and to help reduce occurrences of mouth infections.
- Rinse and gently scrub them, but avoid bleaching agents, as they can damage your dentures.
- Clean the grooves that fit against your gums to remove any remaining adhesive.
- Soak your dentures in a cleanser daily
- Don’t forget to also brush your gums, mouth, tongue and cheeks with a soft-bristled toothbrush and toothpaste each day before you put in your dentures.
Give your mouth a break
It’s recommended that you remove your dentures for about six or eight hours every day to give your mouth time to recover from any possible soreness or irritation. So sleeping without your dentures can be a good way to accomplish that.
Eat smaller pieces
Well-balanced meals are important for health, so you shouldn’t avoid healthy foods that you think will be difficult to eat. You can take smaller bites by cutting food into smaller pieces, which makes chewing easier and helps you enjoy a wider variety of foods. You should avoid sticky or very hard foods.
Drink lots of water
Staying hydrated can help denture wears avoid dry mouth and problems that it can cause.
See your dentist regularly
He can check quality and fit of your dentures, professionally clean them and examine your mouth for irritation and infections. Call today for an appointment: (404) 255-9080
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