Denture-wearers need to take extra steps to keep their gums and mouth as healthy as possible. Whether you wear a set of complete dentures or partial dentures, you'll need to get into a routine of cleaning your dentures and your mouth with the right products throughout the day. You will also need to make sure your dentures fit you properly and stay securely in place as you go about your busy day.
Here are 10 important oral health care tips for denture-wearers:
1. Clean your dentures every day. You want to keep your dentures looking as good as new and free of any plaque buildup. Make sure you're brushing dentures with a denture brush and soaking them in a cleaning solution overnight.
2. Brush your teeth every day. Get into the habit of brushing your natural teeth, gums, and tongue with a fluoride toothpaste before putting your dentures in. You can also floss your natural teeth every day to keep your mouth healthy.
3. Use a good denture adhesive. Finding the right denture adhesive will give a you long, strong hold so you can carry on with your day without worrying about dentures slipping or falling out. You'll need a high-quality adhesive not only for comfort, but also for good oral hygiene.
4. Give your mouth a rest. You will need to remove your dentures for at least six to eight hours every day so your mouth can reset. This is a good time to massage your gums and brush your teeth.
5. Drink water regularly. Drinking water is not only good for your body and skin, but can also prevent dry mouth caused by wearing dentures. Make sure you're drinking plenty of water throughout the day, and limiting alcohol and caffeine which can be especially dehydrating.
6. Clean partial dentures after a meal. If you wear partial dentures, get into the habit of cleaning them thoroughly with a toothbrush and toothpaste after each meal. This will help to keep your mouth healthy and also remove any food particles that may be stuck in the dentures.
7. Massage gums throughout the day. Massaging the gums only will stimulate circulation and help you maintain good dental health. The increased blood flow to the gums can prevent tissue decay and other oral health problems. Use a soft-bristled brush to massage the gums throughout the day.
8. Watch for any changes in fit. If your dentures don't fit you properly, you may develop mouth sores, gum irritation, pain, or even a burning sensation. Report any changes in fit to your dentist so that they can make adjustments if necessary.
9. Eat a healthy diet. Eating a well-balanced diet can keep your gum tissue and existing teeth healthy. Make sure you're not missing out on any essential nutrients that could prevent your gums from being healthy and strong.
10. Visit your dental professional regularly. Make sure you're keeping up with your dentist visits and don't be afraid to ask questions about denture care and oral health.Content by Sabah Karimi.