Caring for a Smile With Dentures

January 17, 2018

There is a common misconception that dentures are only for the elderly. While many older people do wear the dentures, they can be appropriate and restorative for anyone at any age who has experienced extensive dental loss. Dentures can be customized to suit your smile’s needs. You may need a full set for a full-smile restoration or just partial dentures to replace specific sections of teeth; you may need dentures supported by implants. Dental implants can help prevent bone loss in your jaw that is often associated with tooth loss. If you have dentures or are considering dentures, it is important that you know how best to care for them.

Handle Gently

Dentures supported by implants can become permanent structures in your mouth that will not be removed. Traditional dentures are removable. When caring for removable dentures, it is important to handle them with great care. When you clean them, do so over a folded towel or softer surface, in case they fall. It is common for dentures to be damaged from being dropped during cleaning. Avoid using a toothpick, no matter what type of dentures you have. If you leave your dentures out over night, be sure to keep them out of reach of small children and animals.

Keep Your Mouth Healthy

Even though your dentures are not real teeth, it is still important that you keep them clean. Gum disease can develop from bacterial buildup under the dentures and along the gum line. If you have partial dentures, it is important to still brush and floss your existing natural teeth at least twice a day. If your dentures are removable, clean your gums with a soft washcloth or soft toothbrush when the dentures are not in your mouth. Even a full set of dentures does not mean that your oral healthcare is set and done. It is important to regularly visit your dentist to check for any changes in fit, sores, or any issues. It is important to talk to your dentist if you notice any of these changes yourself or if you have any pain.

A Smile With Dentures Still Requires Care

Dentures can help to fully restore your smile. To learn more, schedule a consultation by calling E-Care Dentistry, PA in Olathe, KS, today at 913-210-1701. We also proudly serve patients from Overland Park, Lenexa, Leawood, Gardner, and all surrounding communities.