Life After Dentures

man with dentures

Photo credit Gus Moretta

If you have dentures, there are still things you need to do to keep your mouth healthy:

Clean your dentures daily to remove plaque and bacteria – start by rinsing your dentures and then brush them gently to get them clean.  Some denture materials are not as hard as natural teeth and it is important to use a soft bristled toothbrush and non-abrasive toothpaste to protect them.

Clean your mouth every day – brush all areas of your mouth including your tongue, gums, and the inside of your cheeks with a soft toothbrush and toothpaste.  This will help remove bacteria and keep your mouth healthy.

Give your dentures a break – remove your dentures for at least 4 hours every 24 hour period.  Most people choose to do this over night.  Your gums and mouth tissues need a break to stay healthy and prevent sores.

See your dentist at recommended intervals – having your teeth removed does not mean you no longer need to see the dentist.  Your dentist will want to check the health of your mouth and screen for oral cancer.  They will also check the fit of your dentures, adjust them if needed, and help you keep them fitting and working well.

Don’t settle for sloppy dentures – dentures that don’t fit well can lead to sore spots, poor diet and digestion, and even cancer.  If you are wearing an older set that does not fit anymore, it may be time for an adjustment, relign, or brand new set.

Snap on dentures that connect to dental implants are the most secure dentures available and have revolutionized the denture experience for many people.  If your dentures are feeling sloppy or uncomfortable, make a an appointment with your dentist to find out what your options are.

(865) 922-1613  Knoxville, TN  Dr. Ron Smith, DDS

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