April 17, 2023
New advancements in technologies and materials allow dentures to look and feel like natural teeth better than ever before. Not to mention, they can last for 5 to 7 years before needing to be replaced with the correct maintenance. However, certain bad mistakes can cause you to need a replacement sooner. Here are 5 habits to break if you have dentures.
1. Sleeping with Your Dentures in Your Mouth
No one wants to be caught without their teeth, but your oral and general health relies on removing your dentures at night. It’s also important for your denture’s lifespan.
They restrict blood circulation, which can lead to sores, irritation, and infections if the soft tissues aren’t given time to recuperate. Your mouth is also a hotspot for oral bacteria growth, which can compromise your dental health and general wellness. It can also weaken your denture over time.
It’s best to remove your teeth every night and place them in a soaking solution.
2. Not Cleaning Your Dentures
Although dentures can’t get cavities, that doesn’t mean you don’t need to brush your teeth. Besides keeping your gums and tongue clean, use a soft-bristled toothbrush and a mild dishwashing liquid to clean your dentures at least twice daily to remove food particles, plaque, and bacteria.
You’ll get the most from your investment while keeping your dentures looking and smelling their best.
3. Eating Hard or Chewy Foods
Dentures are durable, but they aren’t indestructible. Eating hard or chewy foods often will put excess wear and tear on your dentures.
It’s best to limit how often you have any foods that require a lot of chewing. If you can’t resist a steak, cut it into small pieces to make it easier to chew.
4. Relying on a Denture Adhesive
An adhesive can come in handy when you need a little extra stability, but it’s not something you want to rely on. If you’re using an adhesive daily to stop slipping and irritation, it’s a sign your denture needs an adjustment. If it is not addressed, it will cause your denture to break and can lead to sore gums.
5. Skipping Regular Dental Checkups
Even if you’ve lost all your natural teeth, you should still visit your dentist every 6 months for a checkup. Your dentist will examine your mouth to look for anything concerning, like inflammation or oral cancer. They will also clean and maintain your dentures to ensure a comfortable fit and support their lifespan.
Dentures are a big investment. Don’t risk your new smile with simple mistakes. Although it may mean making a few changes, you can rest easy knowing your new teeth will last for many years.
About Dr. Shandy Condie
Dr. Condie earned her dental degree from the Creighton School of Dentistry and has regularly pursued continuing education in many specialties, including restorative and neuromuscular dentistry. She is a proud member of the American Dental Association and the Arizona Dental Association. Request an appointment through our website or call (480) 780-9080.
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