Unfortunately for many of us at some point in our lives we will need to acquire dentures, it is a huge lifestyle change for many people. Thankfully, if we learn how to look after them properly we can end up getting on pretty well with our dentures and they will last for many years to come. In this article I am going to give a bit of information on both why you need to look after you dentures and how you can look after them.
The first stage of getting dentures is the ‘breaking them in’ to ensure that your mouth becomes comfortable with them. Dentists will often recommend that you wear them constantly for the first couple of days, after that you will be able to take them out at certain occasions throughout the day. During this stage it is important that you do not put them under heavy stress, this not only will because you pain but could lead to chipping. If you find that they have become chipped then you can look for a company that provides denture repair in Brisbane to help put them right again.
Many people seem to skip brushing their teeth whilst having dentures. They should realise however that plaque can still form on dentures and whilst the dentures will not be ‘attacked’ as such, it can still lead to painful gum disease which in turn will lead to bone loss, and therefore your dentures will not fit as well as they did in the past. Maintain your standard routine of brushing twice a day for at least two minutes at a time, this will ensure that you are keeping your mouth in tip top condition.
Your dentures will need cleaning at least once or twice a day to stop the build-up of plaque. Plaque will lead to gum disease and decay within the mouth. Whilst ultimately will lead to pain and bad breath. Follow these stages to clean your dentures:
- Brush them with paste, this will help remove any loose food particles that are hanging around the dentures. This stage is akin to standard tooth brushing.
- Put your dentures in with a cleaning solution specifically designed for the cleaning of dentures, make sure that you follow the manufacturer’s instructions properly to ensure that you will be causing no long lasting damage to your dentures.
- Brush them again after to ensure that all the residue from the denture cleaning solution has disappeared.
Using the dentures should almost be the same as using standard teeth, in fact most of the time you won’t really notice any difference. Dentures unlike teeth are not designed to last forever though, if you notice that it is becoming difficult to use them then I suggest trying to find a company that provides denture repair in Brisbane. They may be able to solve problems such as loose fitting dentures, clicking dentures, cleaning them properly and of course solving chipped teeth. This will be much cheaper than having a new set of dentures fitted.
If you find that your dentures are looking or feeling a little worse for wear don’t worry. There are a few companies that offer denture repairs in Brisbane and you can always consult with those to check whether they are reparable or not, this will save you the huge cost of having to get a new set of dentures installed.
If you follow the few tips above on how to look after your dentures properly then they will end up giving you years of useful service life, on top of all of that it will once again feel like you have a full set of teeth in your mouth once again.