Dentures and bridges can give you a great smile. As you age, they become vital for your health. Of course, living with them can be very challenging. It takes a lot of time getting used to them. At first, it might feel like they are pushing your lips forward. Then there’s the constant slip up and the food getting stuck in between that causes pain. Last but not the least, there is the excessive saliva, which makes speaking uneasy and difficult. Two problems that people with dentures experience are bad breath and dry mouth. Over time, if care is not taken with the dentures, you might even develop an infection called “Stomatitis”.
So, to keep those teeth healthy and smiling, we have come up with a few tips to help you maintain your oral hygiene when wearing dentures:
Brush the Dentures Daily
Treat your dentures as you treat your regular teeth. They too need brushing and flossing to prevent tartar from developing. Start with a mouthwash and then rinse them separately to remove any food particle. After that, use a soft-bristled, damp toothbrush, and clean them gently using a hand soap. Avoid using any bleaching agents as they can damage the dentures.
Soak Dentures in Denture Cleanser at Night
You probably take out your dentures at night to sleep comfortably. Soaking them in denture cleanser overnight will remove all bacteria and signs of plaque that might have built up during the day. In the morning, rinse the dentures with lukewarm water and put them back into your mouth. Do this task daily.
Take a Six-Hour Break from Your Dentures Daily
To stop puss from developing in your gums, it’s important to remove the dentures from your mouth for at least 6 hours daily. This will also prevent irritation and soreness.
Eat Small Bite-Sized Foods
Now that you have got the dentures permanently, you need to make some adjustment in your life. While eating a healthy diet will surely keep those dentures clean but now you also need to start cutting your food into small bite-sized pieces. This will allow you to chew easily and prevent the dentures from dislodging.
Avoid Dry Mouth
Dry mouth is a breeding ground for bacteria. When the acidic level in your mouth rises, your gums start to decay. In the case of dentures, this causes irritation and allows puss to develop underneath. This is why it is important to maintain the pH level in your mouth. Drink at least 8 ounces of water daily and check with your dentist regarding medications that you are taking for any health problems.
Maintaining oral hygiene when wearing dentures is all about what you put in your mouth. This is something that you need to take care of for your entire life. As mentioned earlier, some pretty big changes need to be made in your diet to maintain the life and quality of the dentures. Parting advice: Once every three months, visit your dentist and get a dental checkup, as well as professional cleaning for your dentures.