By Beckman Dentistry
October 23, 2014
Category: Oral Health
Today, dentures are designed to be comfortable and functional, offering an appearance that is very close to your natural teeth. Dentures can improve your smile and facial appearance, as well as re-establish your ability to chew and speak. In addition, it provides support for your facial muscles, which helps prevent facial drooping, to greatly enhance your smile and appearance. There is a denture for everyone’s lifestyle.
It is very important to practice proper dental hygiene when wearing dentures. Additionally, it is best to stand over a folded towel or a sink of water when handling your denture, just in case you accidently drop it. Brush your denture with a denture brush daily to remove food deposits and plaque, which can also keep your denture from becoming permanently stained. Avoid using a brush with hard bristles, as it can damage your dentures. When purchasing a cleanser for your dentures, keep an eye out for the American Dental Association (ADA) Seal of Acceptance.
Begin With Soft Foods
Upon initial wear, dentures may cause eating and speaking to be difficult. Start out by eating soft foods that are cut into small pieces. Chew on both sides of your mouth to keep even pressure on the denture and avoid sticky or hard foods, including gum.
Remove Dentures Every Night
Each night, before bed, remember to take your dentures out. You can place them in a glass of water or a glass filled with a denture cleaner for better protection. By removing your dentures every night, you allow your gum tissue beneath the dentures a chance to rest.
Handle with Care
As stated previously, fill your sink with water or place a folded towel in it when handling your dentures. By doing this, you can protect your dentures if they were to fall in the sink. Be careful of cleaning solutions if your dentures have metal attachments because the solutions might cause the metal to tarnish. Most importantly, don’t soak your dentures in hot water.
Know What Not to Bite Into
While it is important to begin eating soft foods while you get used to your dentures, it is also important to know what not to chew. Remember this: Do not use your dentures for anything other than chewing and speaking. Don’t bite your nails. Don’t bite a thread, fishing line or even ice. Protect your dentures and only use them for speaking and chewing—it will help in the long run.
If you are missing multiple teeth, or even all of your teeth, contact our Prairie Village dentist today to see if dentures are an appropriate solution to restoring your smile. At Ziegenhorn Dentistry, we can work with you to tailor a custom-made denture in Prairie Village to fit your lifestyle, as well as a self-care plan that will ensure optimal use of your dentures.