May 11, 2023
If you replaced your missing teeth with dentures, you are well aware of the benefits your restoration has given you. By having a fully functioning set of pearly whites again, you are able to eat and speak with ease, as well as smile confidently. However, dentures do require certain care in order for them to remain in top condition and last as long as possible. Here are five harmful denture habits to avoid so you can get the most out of your restored grin.
#1: Neglecting Your Oral Hygiene
Even though your natural teeth have been replaced with dentures, it’s still essential to practice good oral hygiene. If you still have some pearly whites remaining, you should still brush and floss them every day. Even if you have no teeth left, you can still brush throughout your mouth to keep it free from harmful bacteria and food debris.
#2: Not Wearing Them Regularly
By completing your smile with dentures on a daily basis, you will keep your restoration from drying out and becoming misshaped. If they are left out too long, there is an increased risk of their functionality being compromised. It you are wearing new dentures, it helps to wear them frequently so your mouth can get adjusted more quickly.
#3: Not Cleaning Them Often or Properly
To maintain your oral health and the quality of your dentures, it’s best to brush them at least twice a day. Most dental professionals recommend this practice so your restoration can remain clean and healthy. To avoid any damage to the acrylic of your dentures, choose toothpastes that aren’t abrasive and won’t cause scratches. As you brush your appliance, focus on the spots that get the most pressure so you can ensure you are washing away any built-up bacteria or debris. Additionally, be sure to use only warm or cool water, as hot water can warp your restoration.
#4: Trying to Repair Them Yourself
It can be tempting to take matters into your own hands when your denture gets a minor break or crack. While making small adjustments to your dentures yourself might seem like a practical solution, it’s best to leave the repair to your dentist so you don’t cause any further issues. Dentures are custom restorations and even a minor error can lead to significant problems. Your dental team will have the expertise and equipment to get your dentures back on track as soon as possible!
#5: Skipping Dental Checkups
Visiting your dentist every six months is essential to a healthy smile with dentures. No matter how few teeth you have, your oral health still needs to be professionally tended to. Your dentist can address any issues before they become more serious, as well as examine the condition of your dentures. You can also discuss any concerns about your restoration, like if they are not fitting correctly. Your dental checkups will help keep your grin and your dentures in top condition for years to come!
About the Author
Dr. Steven Kendrick and his team at Midwest City Dental Center are eager to help you keep your smile whole, healthy, and beautiful. He earned his Doctor of Dental Surgery from the Oklahoma University College of Dentistry and is an active member of several dental associations. He offers a full range of comprehensive services, including restorative care with full, partial, and implant dentures. To schedule an appointment, contact him through his website or call (405) 732-0431.
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