Dentures are removable dental appliances that replace missing teeth. They are custom-made to fit your mouth, and they snap in place or are held in place with suction. There are two main types of dentures: full dentures and partial dentures.
Full dentures are used when you don’t have any teeth remaining in your upper or lower jaw. Partial dentures are used when you still have some natural teeth remaining.
Cleaning Your Dentures
Caring for your dentures is just like caring for your natural teeth. You should brush your dentures every day using a soft-bristled toothbrush and a non-abrasive denture cleaner. After brushing, place your dentures back in your mouth and soak them overnight in denture solution or water.
Removable dentures should be cleaned every day. Never use hot water, peroxide, or bleach on your dentures. These can damage your dentures.
It is important to follow your dentist’s aftercare instructions to ensure the best possible results for your gums and mouth. We recommend wearing a custom-fitted denture adhesive to maintain your dentures. These adhesives come in a variety of options, and your dentist can recommend which type is best for your needs. These adhesives will reduce gum irritation and denture movement, prevent food particles from sticking to your dentures, as well as improve speech.
Denture Eating Tips
Hard foods can damage your dentures, so avoid chewing on anything that isn’t soft, such as ice, popcorn kernels, or hard candies.
In addition to not eating hard foods, you should also avoid eating hot foods. These can warp your dentures, so avoid soups, coffee, and tea. You should also avoid eating foods high in sugar or starch, as these ingredients can cause plaque and tartar buildup.
Soaking dentures in medicated solutions can help maintain good oral health, remove stains, and remove bacteria.
However, soaking in plain water is just as effective at removing bacteria and stains. In addition, soaking dentures in plain water helps remove the biofilm that accumulates on the denture and can cause irritation.
If you want to learn more about dentures, contact Dental Arts of Boston at (617) 266-0441 today to book an appointment with the Dentist Boston, MA. Our team can offer guidance and make product recommendations for your unique smile.