How to Care for Teeth When Your Mouth Has Some Teeth and Some Dentures
Posted on 3/15/2020 by Dr. Brandon Cooley
At times you are required to wear dentures as they're necessary to repair severely broken or absent teeth.
Partial dentures may be able to be used because you had teeth that could be saved. Great precautions will also be taken for the optimum protection and durability of the dentures as well as the few natural teeth you have.
We Can Help You with the Adjustment
With dentures, they may feel a little awkward at first and we may want to see you more often than usual to make frequent adjustments to get them right. However, over time your gums will begin to change shape with age and wear and will most likely need to be re-adjusted again so be sure to check regularly with our office to ensure that your dentures always fit properly. Be sure to be careful when wearing your dentures as you may not be able to feel certain foods or drinks very well.
Keep Your Dentures Clean
Keeping your dentures clean and disinfected and free of contaminants as much as possible. There are certain foods that may trigger stains, breath problems, or sore gums, so keeping them clean and fresh is very important. You will clean the dentures at least twice every day with a smooth bristled brush.
Take caution and keep the dentures out of your mouth at night and clear your mouth and take them off with a towel over the sink when you wash them in case they drop, as dentures are very fragile. Place them in a saltwater solution or denture cleaner to clean until the dentures come out and rinse them thoroughly before placing them in your teeth.
Even though you have dentures, you still need to care for your natural teeth as well. Every day you should gently brush your teeth with a soft bristled brush at least twice a day, take care to also brush along your gum line. Flossing is still very important for the remaining teeth as well as it will remove the plaque and food that your toothbrush won't be able to reach. Always be sure to rise after flossing and to use a mouthwash to help your mouth and dentures feeling fresh and clean.
If you are having any concerns about how to clean your dentures or about their fit, or would like to schedule your regular checkup, please call our office. We will get you scheduled in as soon as possible.