Practicing Oral Hygiene with Dentures

Aug 7, 2013

Dentures can be a great solution for those who face the problem of potential tooth loss. However, even though you may have lost your teeth, this doesn’t mean taking care of your gums and dentures isn’t equally as important as regularly brushing and flossing your teeth was. Indeed, improper care for your dentures can lead to even more dental problems further down the line. So what steps should you be taking to ensure peak dental health for you and your dentures? Here are some guidelines to help you along.

 

  • Brush and Floss Your Dentures Daily — Just like normal teeth, it is crucial for your dentures to be properly maintained through your regular oral hygiene habits. Brushing and flossing performs similar functions for dentures than it does with natural teeth. These regular habits ensure that dentures don’t become stained and that excess food doesn’t build up between the teeth. Fortunately, many toothbrushes exist that a built primarily for use with dentures, which can offer a less painful and non-damaging brushing experience for denture owners.

  • Clean and Store Your Dentures Properly — Besides brushing and flossing, proper cleaning and storage of dentures is necessary to ensure the well-being and upkeep of your dentures. Storing and cleaning your dentures using a cleaning solution is a good option for keeping dentures clean, but depending on the dentures, you can also store them in water and use a soap solution to clean them. Talk to your dentist about their recommended route for the maintenance of your dentures.

  • Don’t Stop Brushing Your Mouth! — A mistake many denture owners make is to neglect the continuation of regular habits of brushing your mouth. Just because you don’t have teeth, doesn’t mean the bacteria is gone! You should always brush your gums every morning and evening before and after denture insertion and removal. If you fail to do so, then there is a distinct possibility that bacteria will accumulate and you may still develop problems such as gum disease.

If you’ve been prescribed dentures by Dr. Jahangiri and have any questions regarding their or your own procedures for ensuring peak oral health, or if you would like to schedule an appointment with Dr. Jahangiri, contact Noble Smile Family & Cosmetic Dentistry today and we’ll help you out!