Are you taking proper care of your dentures?
You finally decided that it was time to get dentures. It’s not a scary process and you’ll find that you’re able to speak a lot clearer and eat better too now that there are no gaps in your mouth. But what do you need to do to keep them in top condition?
Here are some things to consider about taking care of your dentures.
- First of all, it’s vital that you brush your dentures clean every day. This is not one to skip or do every other day. Bacteria can form in the dentures and cause infections if you don’t stay vigilant with the cleaning. Don’t just do a few half-hearted swipes either. Be firm… but not too firm. You don’t want to damage the dentures either.
- Secondly, you need to soak the dentures every night. This is an easy habit to form – if you set up a place for it which is handy and make it part of your daily routine then you won’t have to think about it. This is a crucial part of the process of keeping the dentures clean and sterile for everyday use. Maintaining this simple action can make the difference between success and failure for denture wearers.Thoroughly rinse out the dentures after you take them out of the solution.
- Thirdly, when you handle your dentures, be very careful. Don’t be casual when you hold them in your hand – the dentures are generally sturdy… they have to be to allow for you to do things like chew and talk – but they are far from unbreakable. Treat them like the fragile things that they are and all will be well!
- Fourthly, if something does happen to the denture, first assess what happened. If it’s something minor that can be glued back, there are denture repair kits that can be found in pharmacies. If it’s broken or cracked… do not try to repair it yourself. No matter how handy you think you are, it’s better to bring it back to the dentist’s office so that it can be fixed by a professional. Otherwise, you might find yourself in need of a new set of dentures, which could be an aggravating out-of-pocket cost.
Fortunately for you, if you live in the Columbus, Ohio area, US Dental Medical has an excellent staff who are intimately familiar with the process of making and maintaining dentures. They even have an in-house dental lab, which will cut your waiting time to have them made by a sizeable margin. The professionals will gladly help you after the dentures are made.