Patients receive full dentures, partial dentures, bridges, or implants with crowns to fill spaces due to missing teeth or teeth that were removed. Since the mouth is a hotspot for plaque and bacteria, it is crucial to maintain false teeth as if they are real for long-lasting results. To protect your investment, it is recommended to remove dental replacements such as dentures after each meal for a proper cleaning.
In honor of False Teeth Day, which occurs in March, here’s our list of routine practices you can perform to preserve your dentures for continued use. False teeth deteriorate gradually over time, but you can slow the process with our helpful preventative measures.
The Importance of Removable Denture Care
Dentures are created in various designs to cater to specific patient needs. Some styles hold onto remaining teeth while others act as a full replacement. Even when dentures work with the original teeth, a patient is still susceptible to cavities and decay which can lead to pain and discomfort.
Full denture replacements do not experience normal tooth decay since the material consists of acrylics, plastics, porcelain and reinforcement metals. Even so, irregular brushing and tartar buildup can cause false teeth to discolor or carry an unwanted odor.
Always remove and rinse dentures in cool water after eating a meal. Patients should handle removable dentures with care and avoid dropping them. To assist with the rinsing process, place a towel around the sink to cushion the surfaces in case dentures slip out of your hands.
Inspect the condition of your removable dentures, and use a soft-bristled toothbrush to clear spaces of food and stains. Depending on how often you wear your false teeth, you can clean your natural teeth, if applicable, as well as your tongue and parts of your mouth before reinserting the dentures. Ensure that all denture cleansing solutions are removed from your false teeth as well as adhesives.
Remember to give your gums a break after wearing removable dentures for hours at a time. Your dentist or dental hygienist will suggest storage methods as well as overnight remedies for in-depth cleanings. If you notice cracks or wear and tear along your false teeth, set up an appointment with your dentist.
Best Practices for Cleaning Non-Removable False Teeth
For those with non-removable false teeth including dental bridges or implants, our dentists encourage the following:
Avoid sticky foods
Brush your teeth at least twice each day
Floss bridges, crowns and implants daily
Rinse your mouth with antibacterial mouthwash before bed
The dentists at Dental Choice strive to repair damaged teeth and improve overall oral health. We aim to alleviate aches and soreness by using indirect treatments such as inlays, onlays and crowns.
With locations in Calgary and Edmonton, Dental Choice has a passion for patient care and wants you to share your bright smile. Our dentists specialize in restorative dental services such as implant restorations and replacements. Find the location nearest you and request an appointment today.