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Dentures are one of the go-to options for replacing teeth that are missing. They can restore your bite, and your confidence, allowing you to eat and speak without worrying about what people will think when they see your smile. Now that you do not have any teeth, you may think that you are off the hook as far as cleaning your artificial teeth, but that is to the contrary. Even dentures need to be cared for and cleaned. Your Nashville dentist, Dr. Devine of Devine Dentistry in Belle Meade, has some tips on how to care for your dentures.
Soak Your Dentures
Each night you should be removing your dentures before you go to sleep. Not only does this allow your gums and jawbones a chance to relax and “breathe,” but it is the perfect time to soak your dentures to clean them. There are many different types of denture cleaners on the market, just choose your favorite. Soak your dentures in a cup or bowl using the denture soak of your choice. The purpose of soaking your dentures is to remove stuck on food debris that could otherwise lead to staining of your dentures or worse, foul-smelling breath. Use room temperature water when soaking your dentures, never use hot water as this could cause them to warp.
Rinse Your Dentures
Throughout the day, specifically between meals, be sure to remove your dentures and rinse them with warm water to remove food. Even though you soak your dentures each night before bed, you will still want to rinse them off each time that you eat. Otherwise, food particles could get caught under or around your dentures, and begin to decompose throughout the day. It does not take very long for this to happen, thanks to the millions upon millions of bacteria that live in our mouths. Also, you will want to rinse out your mouth following each meal, too.
Brush Your Dentures
You may figure that you no longer need a toothbrush now that you don’t have any more teeth, but don’t throw away that toothbrush just yet! You still will need to use a toothbrush to clean your dentures each day, just as you would have brushed your teeth daily. While rinsing and soaking helps, you may need to use a toothbrush to help remove food particles that are stuck on your dentures. Be sure to use a soft-bristled toothbrush, and nothing that is too abrasive that may scratch your dentures. If you are not sure which type to use, your dentist in Nashville, Dr. Devine, can recommend one for you.
Visit the Dentist
It is fairly common for people without any teeth to assume that they no longer need to visit the dentist twice a year, but that is not true. Even those without any teeth need a checkup once every six months for a couple of different reasons. You still need oral cancer screenings, especially as you age. Also, to make sure that your dentures fit well and are not leaving sores in your mouth. Eventually, your dentures may need to be remade as your jawbone changes shape over time. Remember, even people without any teeth can get gum disease, which will be checked for during your visit.
Dentures in Nashville
We hope that you find these tips helpful when caring for your dentures or partial denture. If you would like to learn more about tooth replacement options in Nashville, contact Devine Dentistry by calling (615) 269-4209 to schedule a consultation.
Devine Dentistry is proud to provide total oral care for patients in the middle Tennessee communities of Belle Meade, Green Hills, and Nashville.