Properly Caring for Your Dentures Can Help Them Last Longer
While most dentures last for about five years, proper denture care can result in an extended lifetime. For some patients, their partials last up to 15 years. At Northampton Family & Cosmetic Dentistry, our goal is to ensure that our patients are thoroughly educated about caring for dentures to provide them with the greatest possible benefit. Dr. Teddi Olszweski strives to provide patients with helpful denture maintenance guidelines, including cleaning and handling tips, to ensure the dentures we provide at our Northampton, MA, practice last as long as possible.
When Wearing Your Dentures
While you are able to eat most foods while wearing dentures, there are some that should be avoided, such as:
- Sticky foods
- Seeds or nuts
- Steak and tough meats
- Corn on the cob
These foods can damage your dentures or cause them to shift out of place. Aggressive chewing may even lead to uncomfortable sores on your gums. However, you can enjoy some of these treats on occasion.
Removing and Storing Dentures
We recommend that you remove your dentures while sleeping. When storing your dentures, it is important to do so carefully to prevent damage to the prosthesis. First, you should rinse your mouth with warm water. You should always fill the sink with water or place a folded towel beneath you so your dentures do not land on a hard surface and break.
To remove a top denture, you should place your thumb against your front teeth and push upward and outward. To remove a bottom denture, rock the prosthesis while pulling. Then, you should use a soft tooth brush to clean your remaining teeth, tongue, and gums.
Dr. Olszewski can evaluate your oral health and make denture care recommendations to help minimize infection and other concerns.
Once removed, store your dentures in a moist environment overnight. Typically, patients use a mild soaking solution. However, if your dentures have metal attachments, you should soak them in regular water. The water should not be too hot as it can change the shape of your dentures. Do not forget to rinse your prosthesis before placing it back in your mouth in the morning.
Cleaning Your Dentures
Your dentures should be cleaned every day. However, toothpaste and cleaning products can be too abrasive for your dentures and can cause discoloration. You can use mild soaps and a soft-bristled toothbrush to clean dentures. It is important to exercise care when brushing your dentures as too much pressure can damage them, leading to cracks that harbor bacteria or change the fit of your restoration.
To ensure the best denture maintenance, it is important to attend regular check-ups with Dr. Olszewski. She can monitor jawbone recession, which occurs with tooth loss and causes the jawbone to become smaller. As jawbone atrophy changes the shape of your jaw, she can adjust the fit of your dentures as needed.
If jawbone atrophy concerns you, you may want to discuss implant-supported dentures as an a treatment option. Dr. Olszewski can also evaluate your oral health and make denture care recommendations to help minimize infection and other concerns.
Your Health is Our Priority
To learn more about essential denture care, contact us online or call us at (413) 584-2902 to speak to a knowledgeable member of our staff. We are passionate about helping your preserve the health and integrity of your smile.