Whether you already wear dentures or are considering this means of tooth replacement, you may likely be wondering what you need to do to take proper care of your new teeth so that they not only look beautiful but last for years to come. Caring for dentures is not much different than caring for your natural teeth although the specific care needed may vary slightly depending on whether the apparatus is removable or remains firmly fixed in your mouth.
Most people think about removable dentures when they conjure up an image of this tooth replacement option. That’s because in years past, it was the primary way of replacing a span of multiple missing teeth within your mouth. Today, the removable variety is only one option but it is still a very popular one. That’s because not everyone is a candidate for a more permanent solution, or even if they are, the thought of going through more extensive dental work to permanently affix false teeth in the mouth is not for everyone.
When it comes to caring for dentures, we’ll start with the removable variety. For starters, you’ll still want to brush teeth each day just as you normally would. Care should be taken however, since some types of toothpaste are too abrasive and may scratch the surface of the replacement teeth. It is best to ask your dentist what types of toothpaste and toothbrush are best to use, depending on the material your new teeth are made from.
You’ll also want to use a denture cleaner to thoroughly clean the apparatus when you remove the teeth from your mouth. These cleaners should never be used while the teeth are still in your mouth. Appropriate cleaners are available in a variety of options, including water-soluble tablets, gels, creams and pastes. If you’re not sure which type is best, ask your dentist to provide a recommendation based on the material the teeth are made from.
If your new replacement teeth are permanently affixed in your mouth, such as is the case with implant-supported dentures or other fixed models, you’ll have to skip the denture cleaner and take care of your new teeth while they remain in your mouth. This is done by committing to a stringent oral care routine that includes twice daily brushing as well as flossing, as appropriate. Your dentist may also recommend that you use a specific type of flosser to get in between the bottom of the teeth and the top of the gums upon which the teeth rest. This will better ensure that your gums remain as healthy as possible.
In addition to routine cleaning and brushing, you’ll also want to take a few precautions to keep your new teeth looking and functioning at their best. That means that you should avoid certain foods that can lead to staining, such as red wine and coffee. You should also take care not to bite directly into very hard foods that can cause the teeth to chip or loosen.
With proper care, your beautiful new teeth can provide years of winning smiles and proper oral function.
For more information about how to care for your dentures, contact Gentle Dental in Queens at 718-461-0100.