People of all ages can wind up needing dentures- from young adults to senior citizens. It’s an experience for all first-time wearers. They have to undergo a learning curve in terms of speaking and eating.
What can seem the most intimidating of all is taking proper care of them. It doesn’t have to be. They just need to remember a few important things.
Handle The Dentures Carefully
At first glance, some types of dentures may seem quite solidly built, especially the metal ones. That’s not the case and they should be treated like the fragile items they are. Hold them with care and do not be rough when removing them from your mouth.
When putting them down, do not have them at the edge of a table, lest they get knocked off and wind up sustaining damage even on a thick carpet. Doing this will greatly reduce the odds of emergency repairs being needed.
Brush The Dentures
First things first: Do not use regular toothpaste for this. Regular toothpaste can be too harsh on the dentures and cause them to wear down. There is specially-formulated toothpaste made just for dentures. It’s important to get all the food particles off.
Brushing once daily is what’s advised, though it might be a good idea to rinse them off after each meal and also rinse out one’s mouth to try to get rid of any other food particles. Don’t brush too hard, but don’t go too easy either. Use a soft-bristled toothbrush.
Soak The Dentures Overnight
This is one of the most important steps denture owners can take. It performs so many useful functions to properly maintain them. By soaking the dentures in a solution, it keeps them moist and prevents them from drying out, which can make them brittle. The solution keeps the dentures sterile so that when one takes the dentures out in the morning, it will be clean.
One note – people should rinse the dentures off in the morning so as to remove any residue of the solution. While it’s not toxic, it’s still a good idea to do each day
Other things that can be done include watching the food that you eat. While the dentures do offer wider food choices than those that people with missing teeth face, they are not good for certain types of food, particularly hard, crunchy ones.
The staff at Acadia Dental and Dentures are experts at dentures. They will guide all patients through the process. Give them a call at 301-797-2538.
Acadia Dental and Dentures
1303 Pennsylvania Ave.
Hagerstown, MD 21740
Phone: (301) 797-2538
490 Prospect Blvd. Frederick, MD 21701
Phone: (301) 662-1760