The American Dental Association recently reviewed its database of research to determine the proper steps to care for your complete dentures. Proper care and maintenance is important to ensuring you get the most comfortable results and health benefits from your dentures.
1. It’s important to completely remove the biofilm (plaque) from your dentures every day.
In addition to protecting you from denture irritation (stomatitis), this can help protect your oral and general health.
2. Follow three steps to clean your dentures:
Never use denture cleaner on dentures that are in your mouth.
3. Consider getting your dentures cleaned professionally every year.
The evidence isn’t very strong, but it may reduce the buildup of plaque on your dentures and protect your oral and general health.
4. Boiling water can damage your dentures.
Never use boiling water to clean or sterilize dentures.
5. Although sodium hypochlorite is an approved cleaning solution, it can damage your dentures.
Dentures should not be placed in solution for more than 10 minutes.
6. Store dentures in water when you’re not using them.
Storing dentures in water helps prevent warping.
7. Use denture adhesive even with well-fitting dentures.
A small amount of adhesive creates a seal under the dentures to prevent food particles from getting underneath.
8. Don’t try to use denture adhesive to improve bite function.
Denture adhesive can make your dentures feel more secure and may help with talking, but it doesn’t help with biting and chewing. If you are having trouble chewing, you should get better-fitting dentures.
9. Make sure you see your dentist every six months after getting your dentures.
Among other things, we have little evidence of the long-term impact of denture adhesive on gums.
10. Use only the recommended amount of denture adhesive.
Check with your dentist and read the instructions on the label.
11. When cleaning dentures, make sure you remove all denture adhesive from your dentures.
And make sure you remove it from your mouth as well.
12. If you have changes in the fit of your dentures (perhaps you notice you are using more adhesive than in the past), you should see your dentist.
This could be a sign that your jawbone is being absorbed by your body. Your dentist may recommend new dentures or other treatments.
13. Dentures should not be worn 24 hours a day.
The only exception is during the first day or so, often recommended to improve fit and adaptation.
14. Have the fit, function, and condition of your dentures checked by your dentist every year.
Don’t forget to mention problems you have notices with your dentures, such as their fit or irritations.
If you haven’t been following proper denture care and are suffering denture-related discomfort or other symptoms, we can help you get back on track. Or perhaps it’s not your denture care that’s the problem, but the dentures themselves. If you are looking for higher quality dentures, we offer The Denture Fountain of Youth®, which not only look and function better than traditional dentures, they can make you look up to 20 years younger.
To learn more about getting the best results from your dentures, please contact Dental Excellence of Blue Bell today.
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