5 Rules of Denture Care

By on June 2, 2014
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The vast majority of those facing the loss of teeth will be advised by their dentist to have dentures fitted. Dentures are used as artificial replacements for natural teeth and are usually made from acrylic material, but metal is also used. There are a number of different types of denture, including partial (made for those with only one or a few teeth missing), upper (for the teeth at the top of your mouth) and full (also known as ‘complete’) which act as replacements for both your upper and lower teeth.

Every denture requires regular care to keep both them and your mouth in good condition. Here are the five rules of denture care:

1. Clean your dentures on a daily basis

Just because dentures are made from hard-wearing material, this doesn’t mean that they don’t need to be cleaned on a regular basis. Indeed, dentures can get stained and can be subject to tartar build-up much like real teeth, possibly leading to infection, irritation or both of these to the tissue beneath the teeth.

Experts recommend that you use either a regular soft brush (a separate brush from the one that you use for any remaining real teeth) or a special denture-cleaning brush. In terms of abrasives, you can use toothpaste, as well as mild dishwasher detergent or hand soap to clean your dentures.

2. Find useful products

There are a number of products to help make wearing dentures easier including the aforementioned denture cleaning brushes that ergonomically-designed for easier cleaning, including the Oral-B denture dual-head toothbrush, which has the most favorable reviews on Amazon.

The Polident website illustrates the large range of products available to help you with denture care, including specially-formulated pastes and cleaning tablets, in addition to a range of adhesives of different strengths.

3. Look after your whole mouth

As written on this page of the United Kingdom’s NHS website, it is ‘just as important’ to look after your mouth when you have dentures, as it is to do so with a full set of natural teeth, to prevent gum disease, oral thrush, and bad breath.

With this in mind, you should rinse out your mouth and massage your gums with a soft-bristled toothbrush every time you remove your dentures.  You should do the same if you have a partial denture, in addition to flossing and brushing your natural teeth twice daily.

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4. Regularly visit your dentist

You should visit your dentist at least once a year, preferably once every six months, so that he or she can ensure that your dentures still fit correctly, as well as giving you any advice related to denture care and oral hygiene.

5. Eat well

Considering that – at least in the initial stages – having dentures could make it difficult to chew certain foods such as vegetables and fruit, you could be forgiven for avoiding these foods, however, in avoiding these food items you risk becoming deficient in certain essential vitamins and minerals. To make sure that you maintain a balanced diet, visit the “Choosing Foods” page on the Canada Food Guide website to help you choose foods that you can eat comfortably but that gives you the right level of nutrition that your body needs.

Elly Davidson – graduated from Leeds Met University with a degree in Journalism. Elly now divides her time between freelance writing, across various niches such as health care and beauty, alongside her part-time role as an in-house writer for a cosmetic company in the UK.

 

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5 Rules of Denture Care