Just like anything, if you take good care of your dentures, they will last you a very long time. However, with any form of care, there is going to be a need for some effort on your part. With dentures this means not just daily maintenance chores but ongoing care as well.
Here are ways to keep your false teeth looking their best at all times:
1. Regular Cleaning
Remember having to always brush and floss your natural teeth when you were younger? False teeth also require daily cleanings but the process is quite different to what you may be used to.
With dentures you have two basic steps to follow: brushing and soaking.
With false teeth you must brush them at least once a day. This involves the use of a soft bristled toothbrush and either a toothpaste specially formulated for use on dentures or a denture cleanser.
Regular toothpaste is far too abrasive and can easily cause damage to your false teeth.
The second step in regular cleaning of your dentures is soaking. This is best done overnight when you are sleeping.
There are several denture soaking solutions available in the marketplace for this purpose. You may also choose to use an ultrasonic cleaner for this step.
Why You Need To Brush and Soak Your False Teeth
Just like with natural teeth, food particles can get caught between your false teeth. It can also get snagged by metal clips and other parts of your denture plate. Microscopic bacteria can also form so this is why it is so important to follow a daily cleaning routine with your false teeth.
2. Regular Repairs
There are several kinds of repairs that may be required over the time you own and wear false teeth. Some of them you may be able to do yourself with kits available online or in the local drugstore. A chipped or broken tooth you can probably fix temporarily with such a kit.
More serious denture repairs involving cracks, and damaged clips and plates that completely break in half are best left to your dentist to properly fix. If your dentures do not fit properly over time, you should see your dentist for a refit in order to prevent irritations from developing on your gum line.
3. Denture Whitening
One way to keep your dentures looking their best is through whitening. Over time they will start to discolor, however, you have several options available to you to correct this. In addition to various home remedies and over-the-counter solutions, your dentist can provide a professional whitening.
Beverages, certain foods and smoking can all contribute to staining of your false teeth. By changing some of these habits and by following a strict cleaning and soaking routine you may not require whitening of your dentures for a very long time.
4. Regular Handling
The easiest way to take good care of your false teeth is by handling them carefully. The material they are made from can easily be damaged if the dentures are dropped. This is why you should be careful inserting them and removing them from your mouth.
The best way to protect your false teeth from damage when inserting or removing them is to do this over a sink full of water or lined with a towel. Either will cushion the landing of your false teeth should they slip out of your hands as you are handling them.
Your set of dentures are very delicate, so always take good care of them and avoid dropping them at all costs.
Taking Good Care Will Extend The Life of Your False Teeth
Just by following good oral hygiene habits you will be able to enjoy your false teeth for a long time. Keep them clean by brushing them daily and by soaking them in a denture cleaning solution each night. Doing this will continue to keep your smile bright and brilliant.