Arthritis makes many daily tasks a lot more challenging, and denture care is no exception. Despite the challenge, it’s important to make sure that you take the time to properly care for your dentures as it can help control bad breath and minor infections that are sometimes associated with dentures.
Here’s some advice for making your denture care more manageable if you have arthritis.
One problem you may worry about is dropping your dentures while brushing them, which could cause them to break. If you brush your dentures over the sink, put a towel down in the basin. That way, if you drop them, there’s a safe surface for them to land on.
If you find that holding your dentures while you brush them is becoming too hard, you can move denture brushing to the table. Place a towel down on the table, then put your dentures on the towel. Stabilize them with one hand and use the other hand for brushing.
If the act of brushing is becoming a challenge, there are many solutions that can make it easier to grip the toothbrush. For example, there are special denture brushes that are designed for easy gripping. For example, some are designed with a large, flat handle that fits in the palm of your hand. The shaft of the brush is perpendicular to the handle (so that it comes out between your fingers), allowing you to brush with a simple forward-and-back motion.
If you need more help with brushing, you can switch to an electric toothbrush. There are handle grips that can be put around the toothbrush handle to make it even easier to grasp.
Because cleaning dentures can seem like a chore, you might be tempted to skip the task and just keep your dentures in overnight, but you should not do this. Wearing dentures at night not only increases your risk for candida infections, it can increase your risk of pneumonia.
If daily denture care isn’t doing enough to keep your dentures as clean as you like, regular professional cleanings can help remove tartar and discoloration. This can be done as part of your normal visits to the dentist.
If you start to experience redness or soreness on your gums, bad breath, or other signs of poor denture cleaning, you might need to enlist help in your denture care. If there is someone in the house who can help, don’t be ashamed to ask. If not, you might consider hiring in-home assistance. Of course, it wouldn’t be worth it just for help with dentures, but if there are other tasks you need assistance with, it might be worth it.
If you broke your dentures and are looking for quality replacement dentures, please call (610) 272-0828 for an appointment with a Philadelphia denture dentist at Dental Excellence of Blue Bell.
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