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A Beginner's Guide to Caring for Dentures

If you've recently been fitted with dentures, don't worry-you're not alone. By the year 2020, around 37.5 million Americans will enjoy the freedom and confidence that comes with wearing a set of dentures. Now that you have a beautiful new smile, it's time to ensure your dentures continue to look and feel amazing. Here are a few beginner's tips and strategies to properly care for and clean your new dentures.

The Dangers of Ill-Fitting Dentures

Wearing your dentures for the first few days can be strange. However, your dentures should fit comfortably, and you should be able to eat normally. If the dentures fit badly, make it difficult for you to eat, or constantly slip, you should visit your dentist right away.

In addition to making your life needlessly miserable, dentures that do not fit can lead to a myriad of issues, including oral sores and bacterial infections. When dentures slide around in your mouth or are too large, food, bacteria, and even fungus can become trapped. Trapped bacteria or fungi can eventually lead to a host of infections, including yeast infections.

Talk to your dentist right away if your dentures do not fit properly. Often, only a few adjustments will give you a better fit.

A Cleaning Routine for Your Dentures

Properly cleaning your dentures is critical because in addition to keeping them white and attractive, cleaning prevents bacteria from forming. Luckily, you can properly clean your dentures in just a few minutes each day:

•    Begin by carefully removing your dentures and setting them aside. Next, clean the inside of your mouth with toothpaste and a soft-bristled toothbrush. Pay attention to your palate, inside your cheeks, your gums, and your tongue.

•    Carefully brush your dentures with a product formulated for use on dentures and a soft-bristled toothbrush. Make sure to remove any remaining dental adhesive as well. Never use a hard-bristled toothbrush or whitening products on your dentures. These abrasive products can cause damage.

•    Soak your dentures overnight in a container or in a cup filled with cool water and a denture solution. This helps remove bacteria and prevents the dentures from drying out. Dry dentures can become warped and will no longer fit properly.
•    Rinse off the dentures before putting them in your mouth in the morning.

Additionally, it is important to always rinse off your dentures after eating to remove any remaining food particles.

Basic Denture Dos and Don'ts

With proper care, your dentures can last several years. While you're enjoying your new dentures and your favorite foods, keep a few basic dos and don'ts in mind:

•    Wear your dentures as much as possible during the day. This will help ensure the dentures remain moist, which will prevent damage and warping.

•    Never set your dentures directly on your bathroom vanity or bedside table. In addition to exposing your dentures to bacteria, the hard surface can lead to scratches and other damage. Instead, place the dentures on a hand towel or folded paper towel.

•    Pay attention to where you set your dentures, especially if you have pets. Your curious dog or cat could grab the dentures and turn them into a new chew toy.

•    Talk to your dentist if your dentures are making your gag. After your teeth are removed, your jawbone will begin to slowly shrink. This can cause your dentures to slip into the back of your throat. If this occurs, your dentist may be able to adjust your dentures. However, you may require a new set.

Wearing a pair of dentures can give your back the confidence and freedom to enjoy life, so caring for your dentures is critical. If you have any questions about dentures or your general oral health, don't hesitate to contact the professionals at Lasting Impression Dental Care