Maintain your smile and health.
Dentures can help in maintaining a great smile and play a vital significance in your health and quality of life. Learning to live your life with a full or partial set of dentures may seem difficult at times. Speech, chewing, dry mouth, bad breath, and also mouth infections become issues to deal with. Some reports tell that over half of the people wearing dentures will develop a fungal infection called as oral stomatitis. But there are some ways you can adopt to prevent this infection, as well as keeping you smile, eat, and speak with confidence.
Brush your dentures daily.
Dentures have to be brushed everyday! Like regular teeth, dentures can also get stained and develop tartar and bacteria. To help keep your pearly prosthetic whites clean and free of infections, first rinse them to remove any of the food particles. Then brush the dentures with a dampened soft-bristled brush or a denture brush by using a mild hand soap or a dishwashing detergent and warm water. Dental experts advice to avoid bleaching agents, which can definitely damage your dentures. Scrub it gently.
Follow good hygiene habits to keep bad odour and fungal infections prevented.
Reports suggest that dentures can be a definite source of fungal infections in the mouth. Some studies link the presence of oral bacteria with certain kinds of illnesses in the respiratory tract. That’s why it’s very important to clean your dentures and mouth every day. Remember to thoroughly brush your gums, mouth, cheeks, and of course the tongue with the help of a soft-bristled brush and a toothpaste before putting on your dentures in each morning. This will help remove plaque and bacteria that could contribute to gum irritation and bad breath or oral problems.
Soak dentures daily in a denture cleanser.
After brushing your teeth, dental experts advice soaking your dentures on a daily basis with a nonabrasive denture cleanser to eliminate any kind of food, plaque, and bacteria. An added advantage— soaking dentures in a cleaning solution can also help kill germs that cause bad odour from the mouth. Check with the manufacturer’s suggestion that for how long you should soak your dentures. Never ever use denture cleansers inside your mouth, and be particularly sure to rinse dentures thoroughly before putting them back into your mouth. Different varieties of denture cleaners are present, including effervescent, gels, and creams.
Give your mouth a 6- to 8-hour break.
Dental experts recommend removing your dentures out from the mouth for 6 to 8 hours a day to allow the tissues of your mouth to heal and repair from any kind of soreness or irritation that may have come up throughout the day. Sleeping without dentures is the appropriate way to give your mouth a rest. Store them in lukewarm—not hot—water or a solution that is approved by your dental expert. This helps them keep their shape intact and prevents them from drying out. When handling your dentures, always keep a towel underneath them to prevent them from breaking if they fall.