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3 Tips for Caring for Your Dentures

Many people get dentures each year, but unfortunately, when it comes to the maintenance and upkeep of cosmetic dental work, most are unsure of what needs to be done. Although dentures are removable and will not get tooth decay, this does not mean that the dentures should not have the same care as permanent teeth. As a matter of fact, dentures actually require more upkeep than most people are aware. Listed below are three important ways to care for your dentures.

Keep Them Clean
Since dentures are used for chewing, they can accumulate bacteria and other food particles. Although the dentures themselves will not form any tooth decay, failure to clean them can lead to oral problems with your gums. Also, when bacteria gets into your mouth, it can cause additional health problems. Needless to say, unclean dentures will develop odors and stains. In order to prevent this from happening, it is important to clean your dentures thoroughly each night. When cleaning them, you should use toothpaste and oral cleaning products designed specifically for dentures.

Handle with Care
Dentures are extremely fragile, and if they are not handled with care, then they can be damaged. One of the most common ways to damage dentures is by dropping them. When this happens, the dentures will get chipped. A small chip can be the difference in the dentures fitting or not fitting at all. There are times in which a drop can lead to dentures shattering into pieces. In order to avoid damage during handling, you should take your time when you are removing or putting on your dentures. By taking your time, you will be less likely to mishandle the dentures. Also, if you are standing over carpet when you are handling your dentures and you do drop them, they will be less likely to be damaged.

Report Any Issues
A third way to care for your dentures is to report any issues that you may have. Your jaw muscles will constantly move, and just because your dentures fit today, it does not mean that they will fit two years from now. When you have dentures that do not fit well, it can cause bone loss in your jaw. As soon as you feel that there may be a problem, it is important to report this issue to your dentist. Your dentist may be able to make small adjustments that will make it easier for you to chew and talk.

Dentures are great to have if you experience tooth loss. However, you must be sure to take special care of your dentures in order for them to last and to prevent you from having additional oral issues.

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