Although not many people can tell, you wear dentures in Tyler. Your artificial teeth look so life like and function so well that the only person who knows about your prosthetic is you. You’ve been impressed with how easy it’s been to get adjusted to them, and when you smile, you’re happy to see a grin you can be proud of looking back at you. So what can you do to make the most out of your dentures and keep them looking great for years? The team at Gentle Dental Care answers this question in this post.
How Should I Care For My Dentures?
As your trusted Tyler denture dentist, Dr. Tyler Gerber shares tips with patients to help them maintain the functionality and beautiful appearance of their artificial dentitions. In addition to seeing him twice a year for regular exams and checkups, use the strategies below to get the most of your oral health and your dentures – and visit him if the fit of your dentures is too loose, or if the way your artificial teeth fit changes suddenly.
Dr. Gerber recommends the following denture hygiene and maintenance steps:
- Take your dentures out after eating and rinse them.
- Clean your dentures at least once a day using a special denture brush designed for them.
- Soak your dentures overnight in a nonabrasive denture cleanser and rinse them before putting them back in your mouth.
- Clean your mouth after taking your dentures out.
- Handle your dentures with care and keep them in a safe place when eating or removing them for other reason.
Contrarily, you should avoid the denture hazards below to ensure years of use from your false teeth:
- Don’t use abrasive cleansers, stiff-bristled toothbrushes, or harsh toothpaste on your dentures – these cause damage and can wear your dentures out before their time.
- Don’t use whitening toothpastes on dentures since these are especially abrasive.
- Don’t use oral hygiene products that contain bleach – this can weaken your dentures and cause metal pieces to corrode or tarnish.
- Don’t use hot or boiling water on your dentures – the temperature can warp your dentures, rendering them useless.
With proper care, dentures can last five to eight years, and by using the tips above, you can help maintain your artificial teeth for as long as possible. If you have questions about dentures, or if it might be time for a new pair, schedule your appointment with the team at Gentle Dental Care!