Across the world, 7% of adults 20 years or older are edentulous. This means they have no natural teeth left. The prevalence goes up to 23% in those 60 and older.
Dentures are one of the most common solutions to this problem. They can restore and fill gaps in your smile for years with proper maintenance.
Read on to learn seven important denture care tips.
1. Clean Them
Take your dentures out and rinse them off after every meal. Use water that's warm but not hot so you don't change the denture shape.
Use commercial denture cleanser solutions. They come in the form of:
2. Brush Daily
72% of Canadian adults claim they brush their teeth twice a day or more. The number rises to 78% for those 18-34 years old.
Brushing is even more important if you have dentures. The good news is that the process is similar to natural teeth cleaning.
Be gentle and use a soft-bristled toothbrush and approved toothpaste to prevent damage. Go over the full surface, including any clasps or attachments, at least once every day.
3. Soak Them Overnight
Denture care doesn't stop while you sleep. Let them soak in water and a cleaning solution overnight. Your dentist can tell you how often you'll need to do this.
This removes any remaining plaque and bacteria. It also keeps them moist so they don't become mishappen, break, or crack.
4. Choose the Right Adhesives
Denture adhesives help maintain a strong fit and prevent food from sticking between the dentures and gums. They come in:
Always follow the instructions on the packaging. Remove any leftover adhesive when you clean your dentures.
Look for zinc-free products to prevent elevated levels of zinc in your body. Stay away from products that contain other harsh, metallic chemicals, such as:
Adhesives need to be replaced every six months. They aren't a replacement for ill-fitting dentures. See your dentist if you notice discomfort.
5. Handle Them Safely
Take extra care when handling your dentures. They're delicate and can break if they're dropped.
Use both hands when you put them in your mouth. Make sure you have a secure fit. Never try to bend or twist them.
Put your dentures in a protective case when you're not using them.
6. Watch What You Eat
Eating with dentures is easier than eating with missing teeth, but certain foods can damage them.
Begin with a soft diet. Chew, chop, mash, or puree almost everything you put in your mouth.
Once you get used to them, avoid anything sticky or hard. Stay away from drinks or foods that are spicy or hot enough to burn your mouth.
Changing your mealtime habits also helps. Take your time and have a drink with your meal. Try to chew on both sides of your mouth.
7. Visit the Dentist
26% of Canadians admit they haven't visited the dentist in a year. 32% say they made one appointment, and 42% had two or more.
Seeing the dentist is an essential part of denture maintenance. Their professional cleanings remove any built-up plaque and tartar, and they'll check for a loose fit.
Your dentist is also a valuable source of advice. They can recommend the best products and are the place to go if you need denture care tips.
Come In for Denture Care
Basic denture care involves cleaning after every meal, regular brushing, and overnight soaking. You'll also need to carry them carefully, use the right products, watch your diet, and visit your dentist regularly.
Book an appointment at Durham Dental to restore your smile today.