Table of Content:
- Why is it important to care for my dentures?
- How should I clean my dentures?
- Can I sleep with my dentures in my mouth?
- Do I still need to see a dentist if I’m wearing dentures?
- How long do dentures typically last?
Caring for your dentures helps protect your remaining teeth, gum structure and jaw bone. Just because you are wearing dentures shouldn’t mean that you neglect cleaning your mouth. Cleaning your dentures regularly will prevent food particles from gathering on your false teeth. This keeps your dentures looking new and feeling fresh. Plus, well-cared for dentures typically last much longer and perform better throughout their lifetime. Finally, keeping your dentures clean prevents them from smelling bad, irritating your gums and even causing infection inside your mouth.
We recommend that you clean your dentures at least once a day. The best time to clean your dentures is after you have removed them at nights or when you are about to wear them in the mornings. Here are some tips on how to best maintain your false teeth:
- Clean your dentures by using a regular toothbrush with liquid soap or other acceptable cleaning solutions.
- For even cleaner dentures, use special denture cleaning solutions weekly. This helps remove stubborn calcified particles to keep them clean and fresh.
- When you’re not wearing your dentures, store them securely in a designated container.
- Always keep your false teeth soaked in room temperature water.
- Finally, avoid using toothpaste on dentures because toothpaste is abrasive and can damages your acrylic teeth.
You should never sleep with your dentures and should always remove them at nighttimes. Removing your dentures gives your mouth and remaining teeth a break. Just like the rest of your body, your gums and remaining teeth need to rest during nighttime. Wearing dentures overnight can lead to many problems, such as:
- Wearing your dentures at nights stresses your remaining teeth. This can cause cavity formation on your teeth and also increases bone loss around them. Consequently, wearing your dentures at night times means that you will lose your remaining teeth sooner.
- Individuals who wear their dentures 24/7 typically have red, inflamed gum tissue. This leads to sore lesions on your gums and can even cause infection inside your mouth.
- Wearing your dentures around the clock causes accelerated bone loss. This makes your jaw bone become weaker which results in looser dentures.
- Finally, wearing your dentures overnight causes them to wear out faster. this means that your denture teeth become flatter and less efficient in chewing food particles.
Even if you are wearing full dentures, you should still continue seeing your dentist at least once a year. Keep in mind, dentists do more than just clean and fix your teeth. Your dentist will access your gums and remaining teeth, check for pre-cancerous lesions, examine for TMJ problems, screen for sleep apnea and so much more. Plus, your dentist can review how you’re cleaning and caring for your dentures, examine your bite and make adjustments as needed. After all, well-maintained dentures last longer and are more efficient and enjoyable to wear.
A new set of dentures is typically good for 3 to 5 years before needing replacement. We continue to lose our valuable jaw bone every year when we are without teeth. This causes our current dentures to become loose over time. Additionally, denture teeth wear flat with repeated use and lose their chewing efficiency. This significantly reduces your ability to eat harder food objects and adversely affecs your digestion. Wearing a new set of dentures will improve the fit, chewing capability and also enhances your appearance.
To learn more about dentures, give us a call today. You can reach us at (949) 481-2540 or book your consultation online today. Our dentist, Dr. Jazayeri, will examine to see if your dentures are working properly. He will review your denture care routine and make recommendations as needed. If you’d like to learn more about cleaning other dental prosthesis, click on the following links: