This month at Third Avenue Dental, we’ve decided to take some time to give you a few pointers on exactly how to treat your dentures.
We understand that denture care and maintenance is a tedious and odious thing to do sometimes, which is why we have compiled some easy-to-follow steps so that you can keep a clean mouth and denture unit!
What’s the point of dentures?
Dentures are essentially a rendered replacement for damaged, broken or missing teeth.
When first placed in the mouth, your dentures can feel weird and may take some getting used to, but don’t fear- this is completely normal! As you probably are not used to having them in your mouth and they are not natural teeth, making the whole experience a little bizarre until you are completely used to them.
Your mouth may take some time to acclimatise to the new denture(s) however, be aware that this a normal process.
Be sure to be careful and take extra care when eating, as you may experience some sensitivity in the beginning. Try starting with soft foods like custards, yoghurt or steamed vegetables and take it easy on the hard candies and chewy food.
Try as well to utilise the natural teeth you do have, taking the potential strain off your new artificial teeth, and chew slowly and take smaller bites as to decrease the risk of damaging them
Taking out and putting in your dentures
Your dentist will make sure to show you exactly how you should be putting in and remove your new dentures.
Take the time to get comfortable with the process, ensuring you are able to demonstrate the removal process yourself as you can’t take your dentist home with you!
Be sure never use excessive force or try to pull or push your dentures in too hard- this will only cause damage and will likely result in another trip to the clinic.
Can I sleep with my dentures in?
Dentures aren’t designed to stay in your mouth overnight, so make sure that you take them out before you go to bed each night. This will allow your gums and mouth to rest and relax, further contributing to your oral health.
Taking out your dentures at night will also reduce the risk of grinding your teeth during sleep, preventing further need for denture replacement.
Dentures need to be cleaned very regularly, as they sit in your mouth, the collect bacteria and plaque just like your natural teeth, however brushing them vigorously can also cause damage, so be sure to clean them with liquid soap and a soft, fine-bristled toothbrush.
Once clean, you can leave your dentures to dry on a paper towel in the bathroom or on your nightstand (to scare the kids!), or in a cup of cold water to rest overnight.
Cleaning and upkeep
As your dentures are not natural teeth, they require a little bit of a different process when ensuring their cleanliness and maintenance. It is recommended that they are cleaned using soap or dish detergent, as regular toothpaste can sometimes cause damage to any metal or plastic components due to its coarse texture.
Make sure all food scraps and plaque are cleaned off your dentures every day.
Be sure to brush the parts of your gums, the roof of the mouth and your tongue- anything that comes into contact with your dentures to ensure the highest level of oral hygiene.
For particularly concentrated build-up of plaque or tar on your dentures, soak them in white vinegar overnight, and rinse and wipe in the morning, making sure that all of the build-up and debris has dissolved.
Dentures should be well fitted and comfortable when you chew and your breath should be fresh. See your oral health professional if you have any pain or problems with your mouth or dentures or if you need further information on denture cleaning and care.
In the event that your denture(s) is damaged, do not attempt to repair yourself as this can likely cause expensive damage to the denture unit. Contact us on (08) 9370 4965 or visit our website at thirdavenuedental.com.au to arrange an appointment time.