Why is caring for my dentures important?
Wearing dentures does not mean you get a pass on cleaning your teeth. Cleaning your dentures regularly prevents food particles from gathering on them. Plus, it keeps your dentures looking and feeling new while also lasting longer. Additionally, by caring for your dentures, you protect your gums and remaining teeth. Dirty dentures can smell bad, irritate your gums and even cause infections in your mouth.
How should I clean my dentures?
We recommend that you clean your dentures daily. The best time to clean your dentures is after you have removed them from your mouth. You can clean your dentures by using a regular toothbrush and liquid soap or other cleaning solutions. However, avoid using toothpastes on dentures because toothpaste is abrasive and damages your false teeth. For even cleaner dentures, use special denture cleaning solution weekly to help remove stubborn calcified particles. When you’re not wearing your dentures, store them securely in a designated container. Always keep your false teeth soaked in room temperature water.
Can I sleep with my dentures?
You need to remove your dentures at night times to give your mouth a break. Just like the rest of your body, your gums and teeth need to rest at nights. Wearing dentures overnight leads to many problems, such as:
- If you wear your dentures at night, it causes cavity formation on your remaining teeth.
- Individuals who wear their dentures 24/7 typically have red, inflamed gum tissue. This can lead to sore lesions on your gums and even infection inside your mouth.
- Wearing your dentures around the clock causes accelerated bone loss. This makes your jawbone become soft which results in looser dentures.
- If you wear your dentures overnight, they wear out faster. Your denture teeth become flatter and less effective in chewing while your denture becomes looser and less stable.
Do I still need to see a dentist if I’m wearing dentures?
Yes, you should continue seeing your dentist at least once a year, even if you’re wearing full dentures. Dentists do more than just clean and fix your teeth. We check for oral cancer, pre-cancerous lesions, look 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 to make sure you are properly caring for your false teeth.
How long do dentures last?
A new set of dentures is typically good for about 3 to 5 years before needing replacement. Unfortunately, we continue to lose jawbone every year without teeth. This causes our dentures to become loose over time. Additionally, denture teeth wear flat with repeated use and lose their chewing efficiency. This significantly reduces your chewing ability to where you won’t be able to eat hard food and digest properly. A news set of dentures will improve your denture fit, chewing capability and enhances your looks.
To learn more about dentures, give us a call at (949) 481-2540 or book online today. Our dentist, Dr. Jazayeri, will examine to see if your dentures are working properly for you. He will review your denture care routine and make recommendations as needed. After all, the better you care for your dentures, the longer they will last you.