A denture is a removable appliance that replaces all of the teeth on the top or bottom of your mouth. Dentures are custom-made to fit your mouth and look natural. There are two types of dentures: Complete and partial.
Complete dentures are used to replace all teeth on the top or bottom of your mouth.
Partial dentures are used to replace some missing teeth, but not all. They attach to your natural teeth with clasps.
When dentures aren’t fitting correctly, it can lead to soreness. This can happen for a variety of reasons. A denture may need adjustment if:
- It’s too loose.
- It’s too tight.
- You have sore spots.
- It’s rubbing against your gums.
- The bite isn’t perfect.
Any one of these issues can lead to discomfort.
When you get your dentures, your dental team will show you how to care for your dentures. This includes things like cleaning them daily, removing them at night and practicing good oral hygiene.
Denture Care Tips
Keep Your Gums and Mouth Clean
The American Dental Association recommends brushing your dentures twice a day to remove food particles and plaque. Your dentures should also be removed at night to allow your gums to breathe.
To clean your dentures, use a soft-bristled toothbrush and a mild, non-abrasive cleaning solution. Never use hot water or harsh chemicals on your dentures. If your dentures are damaged, consult your dentist for repair or replacement.
Brush Your Teeth and Clean Your Dentures
You should brush both your dentures and gums to keep them clean and to prevent plaque, tartar, and bacteria from building up.
- Be sure to brush your dentures and gums before putting your dentures back in your mouth.
- Some dentures come with a denture cleanser, but you can use a mild dish detergent.
- Brush your dentures and gums with a soft-bristled toothbrush.
Keep Your Dentures In Water When Not Wearing Them
Soaking your dentures overnight in a denture solution can significantly help clean and whiten your dentures. Soaking your dentures overnight can also keep them from drying out.
However, if your dentures dry out, they will be more prone to breaking. So, it’s best to only soak them in water for no longer than 8 hours.
When you’re not using your dentures, remember to place them in water. A glass of water or denture soaking solution will keep your dentures from drying out.
Use a Soft Toothbrush to Clean Your Dentures
Soft toothbrushes are gentler on your dentures. Do not use toothpaste on your dentures. It’s too abrasive and will scratch your dentures. Instead, use denture cleaning tablets or a soft denture brush.
Do not use hot water to clean your dentures. The water will be too hot for your dentures, and it can cause the dentures to warp. It’s also important to avoid using bleach or whitening products on your dentures. The chemicals can discolor your dentures.
Dentures and Foods to Avoid
Since your dentures can slip and slide, it’s important to avoid certain foods that can easily get stuck in your dentures and cause problems. Sticky, chewy, and hard foods should be avoided. However, there are a variety of foods you can enjoy!
To find out more about the dental services offered at Madison Park Dental, call (208) 356-5601 or schedule an online consultation. You can also visit us at 345 N. 2ND E., Suite 2, Rexburg, ID 83440.