Oral prosthetics like dentures are an important investment in your oral health and overall well-being. Dentures imitate the form and function of our natural teeth, allowing us to eat, speak, and smile with confidence. As such, it’s important to carefully maintain your dentures so that they fit comfortably and beautifully for years to come.
For most people, dentures can last for about 10 years or more. This would mean you’re taking good care of your dentures and the gums they rest on. To help ensure your dentures last longer and stay comfortable, follow these tips.
Handle your dentures with care
Dentures are actually pretty tough. They can handle a lot of pressure from chewing all kinds of foods for years and years. However, that’s because they’re designed to do that. If you were to drop your dentures on a hard floor, they could either break or bend out of the original shape.
Wearing dentures all night could lead to your dentures not fitting correctly. When you take them out each night, make sure you handle them with care.
Take your dentures out nightly and soak them in water
Dental experts recommend removing your dentures for 6 to 8 hours while you are sleeping to allow the tissues of your mouth to heal from any soreness or irritation that may have occurred during the day.
Sleeping without your dentures is a good way to give your mouth a rest. Store your dentures in warm—not hot—water or a solution that is approved by your dentist.
This helps your dentures retain their shape and prevents them from drying out. When handling your dentures, keep a towel underneath them to prevent them from breaking if they fall.
Clean your dentures daily
Your dentures will still need to be cleaned like your teeth. You won’t get cavities in your replacement teeth, but they can get stained with time. Your dentures can also start to smell if food particles are left on them for too long. You can use a denture toothpaste or a denture cleaner. Both do the job well when used as directed.
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