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Denture Care

Dentures made by Dr. Michaels are made from durable materials designed to give you a natural appearance.

Keep in mind that just like your teeth, dentures should be cared for with the same diligence. This means daily brushing and regular visits to your dentist. Usually dentures need re-fitting or a reline, every 3-5 years to keep up with the changes which occur to your gums and bone. Sometimes if you lose or gain weight, the fit of the denture also changes; a reline can help them fit again. Though some dentures last much longer, most dentures are re made about every 8-10 years due to significant changes in your mouth, or teeth which have worn down over time. (If a dentist uses lower quality teeth, the wear can occur as early as 2-3 years.)

Regular visits to your dentist are critical. Not only to check your dentures, but because you are still susceptible to oral cancer. Your dentist should check for any signs of a problem when evaluating your denture. If your denture is not fitting as well, it could also be a sign of a growth or tumor in the area.

Just like natural teeth, dentures need to be cleansed of plaque, food particles and other debris. Keeping your dentures in top shape will also help keep the soft tissues of your mouth healthy; an unclean or malformed denture can cause infections and irritation.

Cleaning Techniques

Remember to rinse and brush your dentures after every meal, and soak them in denture solution overnight. This also allows your gums to breathe while you sleep.

Here are some simple techniques for keeping your dentures clean:

  • People can brush their dentures in a variety of ways. Some people use soap and water. Popular denture pastes and creams also can be used. Do not use toothpaste; it is generally abrasive to the denture surface.
  • Avoid using highly abrasive chemicals or pastes, or vigorously brushing with hard bristled toothbrushes. These can scratch or even crack dentures.
  • Hold your dentures gently to avoid loosening a tooth.
  • Clean your dentures with cool or tepid water over a water-filled sink. Hot water may warp a denture. A small washcloth placed in the bottom of the bowl will ensure that your denture isn’t damaged if it falls.
  • Soak your dentures overnight in any commercially available product like Efferdent or Polident, and remember to rinse your dentures before placing them back in your mouth. Be careful if you choose to use colored cleaners (like blue mouthwash) as they can sometimes stain your denture.
  • If you have remaining teeth, remember to use a separate toothbrush to clean your own natural teeth, as well as all of your gum tissues. In lieu of a toothbrush, a soft washcloth may be used to wipe your gums.

Over time, even daily care of your dentures may require them to be cleaned by the dentist. A powerful ultrasonic cleaner may be used to remove hard accumulations of tartar and other substances.

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