If you have ever felt self-conscious about missing teeth, you owe it to yourself to ask our dentists about partial or full dentures. Dentures are removable false teeth that help you to eat and speak normally after major tooth loss.
However, just like with your natural teeth, you need to take care of your dentures in order for them to last. Let’s take a look at some denture care tips so you can maintain good oral health for years to come.
1. Never Let Your Dentures Dry Out
Make sure to submerge yourdentures in a glass of water or denture soaking solution when they’re not in your mouth. Dentures that dry out are at risk for warping and cracking. Just like natural teeth, your lower and upper dentures need to be kept wet so they don’t fracture.
2. Brush Your Denture Teeth
It’s important to brush your denture teeth like you would your natural teeth. Dentures can give you bad breath if they’re covered in plaque and odor-causing bacteria. The best way to protect your oral health (and your breath) is to brush your dentures twice a day. This will also prevent stains from leftover food particles.
3. Brush Your Gums
Your gums are just as important as your teeth to your oral health. That’s why you should make a habit of brushing your gums.
Dental plaque on the gums is just as bad as plaque on your teeth. In fact, it can cause gum disease. According to the , nearly half of Americans over the age of 30 have advanced gum disease, also known as periodontitis.
Since your dentures sit on top of your gums, you’ll want to avoid having bleeding, swollen, or sore gums. Skip gum disease by brushing your dentures and gums every day. Soft toothbrush bristles not only clean plaque and food particles, but stimulate your gums.
4. Practice Speaking with Dentures
When you first get dentures, you may have difficulty saying certain words without a lisp. It takes a while for your lips, cheeks, and tongue to get used to speaking around dentures.
Rest assured, you won’t always speak with a lisp. In the meantime, our dentures dentists recommend reading out loud from one of your favorite books to practice pronunciation.
5. Know How to Correct Slipping Dentures
Before you leave the office with your new dentures, our dentists will make sure the appliance fits comfortably. However, don’t be alarmed if your dentures occasionally slip.
Dentures slip when you make abrupt movements, usually when sneezing, coughing, laughing, or even smiling. To discreetly adjust your dentures in public, gently bite down and swallow.
If you notice your dentures slipping a lot, you should schedule an appointment with our dentists for denture repair. We will be able to slightly adjust the fit of your dentures so they can fit comfortably without slipping.
Restore Your Smile With Dentures
Our Grand Rapids, MI, dentures dentists are dedicated to helping you achieve your best smile after tooth loss with dentures. Call Lake Michigan Dental today at (616) 453-8211, or contact us online to schedule an appointment.
This blog post has been updated.