Do you have dentures or know someone who does? Taking care of dentures isn’t as easy as one may think! Outside of the cleaning, brushing/flossing, and general dental care, there are a few things to consider (that you maybe haven’t before).
Here’s what you need to know about dentures and denture care:
1. Prioritize Frequent Cleaning
Just like regular teeth, you need to be selective about how you’re taking care of your dentures and what you eat. Sure, you now get to skip out on cavities, but you can still be at risk. . . such as damaging your dentures if you’re not careful.
Constantly handle your dentures with care. After eating, make sure to run water over your dentures to get all the debris out. You’ll want them to dry on a towel or cloth, too, to ensure their safety (rather than placing them on a hard surface).
2. Prepare Yourself With Spares
Two is better than one. . .and this also includes dentures!
But, keep in mind that two sets of dentures can be fairly expensive. However, having a spare set can make the caretaking process a lot easier, as it does allow you to alternate and give the dentures a good thorough cleaning.
3. Rest & Prioritize Sleep
In order to preserve your new healthy teeth and give them a chance to heal, it is important that you get enough sleep every day. Sleep just allows your body to feel better, as well as rejuvenates tissues that may be damaged or inflamed with new denture use.
While sleep doesn’t necessarily impact your dentures directly, resting is an important part of your overall physical health and wellbeing. By prioritizing that aspect of your health, you can make sure that your teeth are healthy as well.
4. Watch Plaque Buildup On Gums
Gum disease is a serious, painful condition that can be difficult to detect. It can cause a number of problems in the mouth, such as tooth loss or bleeding gums. If you suspect you have gum disease, it is important to get tested.
It’s incredibly important to take care of your gums, even once you’re wearing dentures you’ll need to have close care for your gum health too. Continue to follow regular oral hygiene tips that are directed by your dentist or health professional.
5. Drink Plenty Of Water
Drinking plenty of water is important for your health and oral hygiene. It is the most important thing to do when you wake up in the morning, before you go to bed, or during your workday.
In general, you need to watch what you eat and look for foods that are good for your teeth and gums. Just because your teeth are gone doesn’t mean you can slack off on oral hygiene.
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