More patients at BeaverBrooke Dental are choosing dentures to restore their confidence and overall appearance. If you’re considering dentures as a long-term solution, it’s important to know that regular maintenance is required. Keep reading for four denture care tips from our cosmetic dentist in Sandy, OR.
Clean Your Dentures Daily
Just because these aren’t your natural teeth doesn’t mean you shouldn’t clean your dentures. Brush your dentures every day just like you would brush your natural teeth. However, as opposed to using a commercial type of toothpaste, opt for a soft-bristle denture brush instead. Doing so allows you to brush all surfaces of the denture without bending any attachments.
Another piece of advice when it comes to denture cleaning is to rinse your dentures with water after each meal. While there are a number of effective denture cleaners, you should never see soaking as a substitute for brushing. Avoid getting away from the good oral hygiene routine you’ve followed for years.
Treat Your Dentures With Care
Aside from cleaning, how should you go about handling your dentures? Well, when you aren’t wearing your dentures, soak them in a denture cleaning solution to keep them from drying out. If you don’t have a denture cleaning solution immediately available, plain water will do the trick as well. Just know that hot water has the potential to warp your dentures.
Remove Your Dentures Every Night
This is another big one. Patients often ask us if they can wear their dentures at night. Here’s the thing: By removing your dentures before going to bed, you allow the gum tissue beneath them a chance to rest. The last thing you want to deal with is a problem with your gums because you failed to remove your dentures at this time.
Consult Your Dentist
At BeaverBrooke Dental, we make sure to equip our patients with the information they need to properly care for their dentures. However, there will probably be a time or two when you could use some professional assistance with your dentures. This is where we advise being in regular communication with your cosmetic dentist.
We’re willing to bet your dentures may break, chip, crack, or become loose on occasion. While it’s certainly tempting to try fixing the dentures yourself, you’re likely just going to make the problem worse. It’s important to know that dentures should be refitted every few years and that new dentures should be made every 10 years or so.
Ask Our Cosmetic Dentist If Dentures Are Right For You
Dentures really can change a person’s outlook on life. But how do you even know if dentures make sense for you? It starts with making an appointment with Dr. Ken Claggett at BeaverBrooke Dental. Dr. Claggett and our dental staff will work with you in finding the right type of dentures for you, whether it’s a conventional full, an immediate full, or a partial.
It’s time to say goodbye to the days of hiding your smile and hello to a lifetime of a winning smile! Contact BeaverBrooke Dental in Sandy to schedule an appointment with our cosmetic dentist.