I’d like to introduce you to some small details of denture maintenance.
Insist on brushing your teeth every day.
Use soft-haired toothbrushes specially designed for dentures, try to avoid using hard-haired toothbrushes, and do not use toothpaste. Because toothpaste will cause certain wear on dentures and make small scratches on the surface of dentures.
Brush carefully and lightly so as not to damage the parts of the denture.
Brushing real teeth every day is also essential. Removing food residue and dental plaque from real teeth can effectively prevent dentures from being contaminated.
In addition, it is best to wash your dentures after each meal.
Choose the right denture cleaner
It is recommended to use special denture cleaning products to clean dentures.
Soap and detergent can also be used to clean dentures. Other types of household cleaners and many toothpastes have grinding effects and will wear dentures. They should be avoided. Bleaching agents should also be avoided because they will whiten the root of dentures and affect the appearance of dentures.
In addition, the ultrasonic cleaner is also suitable for dentures. This kind of cleaner is like a small bathtub for dentures. After the dentures are put in, the ultrasonic cleaner can emit ultrasonic waves and remove stains on the dentures’ surface through the vibration of the ultrasonic waves. However, it should be noted that using the ultrasonic cleaner cannot replace the daily brushing step.
Protect your dentures
Even when not worn, dentures should be kept moist so as not to deform due to excessive dryness.
After removing the dentures, do not leave them casually to prevent wear and tear on the surface of the dentures. They should be put into detergent or water, but if the dentures contain metal parts, long-term exposure to detergent may affect the performance of the metal parts. In this case, it is best to consult a stomatologist.
In addition, do not put dentures into hot water to prevent dentures from deforming.
Timely adjustment or repair of dentures
Mismatched dentures may cause oral inflammation or gum pain. Therefore, after the dentures are properly fitted, one or more adjustments are usually required to make the dentures completely match the gum structure.
However, it is best not to adjust or repair the denture by oneself, nor to bend various structures of the denture, especially the metal part, without authorization, because it is easy to damage the metal structure of the denture.
When dentures are damaged, cracked, notched or a tooth is loose, you must contact a stomatologist in time.
Normally, stomatologists can repair dentures on the same day. If the damage is more complicated, it will take longer to repair.
Regular replacement of new dentures
With the passage of time, in order to adapt to the looseness caused by facial, jaw, oral mucosa changes and other factors, dentures need to be re-lined, reset or reconstructed.
When re-lining or restoring the denture, the stomatologist will modify the base of the denture so that the new base can fit the current oral environment.
Generally, the life span of a complete denture is 5 ~ 7 years.
Pay Attention to Oral Hygiene
Before wearing dentures, carefully clean gums, tongue and upper jaw with a soft-haired toothbrush. This can effectively remove food residues and some bacteria in the oral cavity, and improve blood circulation in the oral cavity.
The metal bayonet on the denture needs to be carefully scrubbed, because plaque attachment at the bayonet will increase the risk of tooth decay.
People who wear some dentures should remember to take out the dentures before brushing the real teeth.
Learn to clean, relax and massage your gums regularly. Gargling after meals is also a good way to keep oral mucosa clean.
At the same time, a reasonable diet can also ensure a balanced body nutrition and is conducive to oral health.
Regular visits to doctors
Regular review at the oral clinic can not only check whether the dentures are properly worn, but also professionally clean the dentures and discover other oral diseases in time.
Usually, after the dentures are fitted, the stomatologist will tell the patient how often to review them according to the specific situation. Generally, reexamination is required every 6 months.