How to Properly Take Care of Your Dentures
Over the last 30-years, dentures have drastically changed, and what once used to only be a last resort has transformed into a viable option for many. With modern dental treatments becoming better and better as the years go on, dentures have become practically unnoticeable to everyone but the person wearing them. However, even with improvements in how dentures look and feel, those who wear them still need to take proper care of them, just like they would their own teeth.
What are Dentures?
Dentures are simply a replacement for your natural teeth. The difference comes in when it comes to wearing them because they aren’t permanently attached to the natural teeth or jawbone.
Why Might I Need Dentures?
People who wear dentures have lost a section or all of their natural teeth. If you’re being fitted for partial dentures, you’ll have three or more teeth missing. If you’re being fitted for a full set of dentures, most, if not all, of your teeth will be missing. Many elderly people wear dentures because of the toll life can take on your natural teeth.
How Do I Care for My Dentures?
Dentures are actually very easy to take care of and can be as simple as taking them out at night as placing them in a cold glass of water. Many prefer to add a cleaning solution to the water, which can easily be found at any drug store. While this isn’t always a requirement, adding a cleaning solution to the water can ensure the teeth stay in the best condition possible. According to Carefree Dental, “You need to brush the dentures, as you would normal teeth, but this should be done before you put them back into your mouth.” This will feel odd at first, but as time goes on you’ll get used to the feeling.
How Long Will My Dentures Last?
The great part about dentures is that they are made out of artificial materials, meaning they won’t deteriorate or break down because of daily wear and tear. The main reason someone may need a new set of dentures or need them adjusted is that their mouth is changing, which is a natural occurrence and happens over time. You’ll need to continue with regular dental checkups to make sure your mouth is staying healthy, and if you do end up needing a replacement, your dentist can spot it early on.
If you have questions about dentures and think you may need a pair, call the professionals at Dentures Par Excellence today at (309) 693-7200 to set up an appointment.