You’ve always know what you’re supposed to be doing to take good care of your teeth – however dentures are an entirely different ball game. In this quick guide, we cover the top tips to ensure that you keep your dentures (as well as your oral health in general) in tip-top shape.
Take your time to get comfortable with them
If you’ve only just got new dentures and you’ve never had them before, then they are going to feel mighty strange in your mouth, and they may even hurt a little. This is all completely normal. Wearing your dentures, as well as putting them in and taking them out if going to feel quite foreign at first. The most important thing here is not to give up on them – stick at it. Eventually, you will start to feel like you are getting used to wearing them.
Make sure to go for your secondary check up after receiving your dentures
It’s imperative that you go for your next check-up with the dentist to see how you have adjusted to your dentures. During the first couple of weeks is when issues are most likely to arise – even if you don’t know about them yourself. This is why you need to make absolutely sure that you attend your next follow up appointment, to make sure that everything is going well.
Go easy on the foods
When you first receive your new dentures, you should think about your eating regime as if you were a baby again! Start with mushy foods, to begin with before you can work your way up to more solid foods. It is best to cut up any foods into very small pieces to make it easier for yourself. Don’t go for any very hard foods, as this can break your dentures, and don’t chomp into things with your front teeth, either.
Clean them after meals
You should always get into the habit of taking out your dentures after meals and giving them a good thorough clean. To do this, you need to use a soft toothbrush with soap and water. This will remove the build-up of any food and tartar. It’s just like your regular teeth. Clean them in a sink or small bowl full of water.
While modern-day dentures don’t need to be soaked overnight, you’ll still need to give them a soak every so often. This means around 10 minutes once or twice a week in a solution designed specifically for dentures. If you find yourself forgetting, it helps to set weekly alarms on your phone to remind you to do this.
Don’t forget your regular dental check-ups
Dentures can have wear and tear – just like your teeth. Which means that you still need to go to your dentist for regular check-ups. Your dentist can assess whether your dentures need to be realigned, rebased, or remade. The dentist will also be able to assess the current state of your gums as well as any other teeth. Your gums and mouth can change with time, so it is important to catch any changes before they start doing any damage. If you haven’t been for a check-up in a while, then now’s the time to schedule in and do so.
If you have any more questions about how to care for your dentures, it’s best to head along to the dentist or give them a call to receive a fact sheet. They will be able to provide you with all the relevant info specific to your type of dentures to put your mind at ease.