Dentures are an incredibly important part of somebody’s life who needs them. Dentures help to establish a sense of their personal identity and restore their ability to eat foods that they enjoy. Because of the importance of dentures, it is also important to care for them. When dentures are properly cared for, they last longer and have fewer issues than dentures that are neglected.
Dentures can build up harmful bacteria on them just like your teeth. While dentists are no longer concerned with these bacteria causing cavities or attacking the underlying tooth, the bacteria can still lead to periodontal disease or other health concerns. Good oral health has been linked to better overall health, so removing as much bacteria from your dentures as possible is a great idea.
There are cleaning products that are available at most stores that are specifically designed for dentures. If the choices are too overwhelming, you can discuss your options with a dentist to identify what products you should purchase.
Dentures that aren’t stored properly are more prone to get dirty, lost, or broken. Storing dentures in their appropriate cases and in a bath of clean water or cleaning solution makes sure that they are always ready to be inserted when you are ready. Dentures can safely be left in these solutions overnight, or even for a few days if you don’t want to wear them right away.
Additionally, many patients find that storing their dentures in their case and in the same place every time reduces confusion or aids in their ability to find them. If you are helping to care for a loved one who may have problems remembering where they placed their dentures, find a dedicated area to store their dentures every time.
As our bodies age, tasks that seemed simple can become difficult or even painful. Many patients find that their arthritis can hinder their ability to wear dentures. This may mean that it is important to find a routine or a certain time of day that works best for you to be able to perform the necessary tasks required for your dentures. Never be afraid to ask for help. People around you are more willing than you might expect to make sure that you are comfortable and taken care of.
Diabetes can have an impact on the fit for dentures over time. If you have diabetes, just be aware that you may require more frequent adjustments or replacements than some of your friends.
Many people mistakenly believe that because they no longer have natural teeth that they no longer need to visit the dentist. You should continue to schedule appointments at the regular six-month intervals. These regular checkups can identify any issues with your dentures, make the adjustments, or recommend when it is time to replace your dentures. Additionally, our dentist will also check the health of your gums and monitor any bone resorption that occurs naturally in denture patients. Having an extra set of eyes on your oral health can really help to alleviate any of your concerns.
Dentures are a natural part of life for many seniors. It doesn’t have to be a frightening or overwhelming experience. If you are considering dentures, you should talk to some of your friends or family members who have already received dentures. Ask about their experiences and be honest with yourself about your feelings. Contact us and schedule an appointment with our dentist and be sure to discuss your concerns. Our dentist can help develop a treatment plan that is right for you.