Some people may assume that oral health is easier to maintain if you don’t have as many teeth or use dentures, but that isn’t always the case. Not only do dentures need to be properly cared for, but so do the gums of those who wear these helpful dental appliances.
September is National Healthy Aging Month and National Gum Care Month, making it an ideal occasion to focus on the needs of denture wearers. Here’s a look at how to care for your dentures and gums to keep your mouth healthy and appliances in good condition.
If you want to make sure that your dentures are clean and keep them looking their best, following certain steps is a necessity.
First, make sure to always remove and rinse your dentures after eating. This ensures that food debris and loose particles don’t remain stuck to your dentures.
At least once a day, make sure to gently brush your dentures. Use a soft-bristled toothbrush and a nonabrasive cleanser made specifically for dentures. As you brush, you are removing food particles, plaque, and surface stains. Additionally, you are ensuring that bacteria isn’t given a chance to flourish on your dentures.
If you use a denture adhesive, you also need to make sure that it completely cleaned away at least once a day. Usually, this can be done with a brush and cleanser.
Every night, you need to remove your dentures and soak them. In most cases, dentures need to stay moist in order to keep their shape. Use an overnight denture-soaking solution to sanitize the appliance overnight and make sure to follow the manufacturer’s instructions.
Before you put your dentures back in the next morning, you also must rinse the appliance thoroughly. It’s also important to remember that you should never use denture cleansers inside of your mouth.
At least twice a day, you also want to make sure that you clean your gums and mouth. Use a soft-bristled brush or soft washcloth, using gentle motions to clean your gums, palate, and tongue. This process removes any food particles, plaque, or bacteria that may be in your mouth. A once-a-day warm salt water rinse is also beneficial.
If you still have natural teeth, you need to brush and floss them properly as well. You’ll want to use a gentle toothpaste to avoid gum irritation, as some abrasive options can damage gum tissue.
It’s also important that you visit your Frisco dentist regularly. Not only can your dentist make sure that your gums and mouth are healthy, but they can also ensure that your dentures fit properly and are in good repair. If you haven’t seen your Frisco dentist in the past six months, make an appointment today with Smiles at Warren Parkway.