Tooth loss is an extremely common problem affecting millions of Americans today. Statistics from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) show that by age 50, Americans have lost an average of 12 teeth (including wisdom teeth) and as many as 36 million Americans do not have any teeth at all. Unfortunately, tooth loss can have a significant impact, both on the ability of our teeth to function normally and the appearance of our smile.
If you are missing a large number of teeth in either your upper or lower dental arch, then our dentist may recommend you for dentures. These highly successful dental prosthetics have long been considered the premier solution for multiple missing teeth. The design uses a selection of natural-looking and attractive prosthetic teeth, usually made from nylon or plastic, which are attached to a plastic mould that fits snugly to your gums. Dentures are held in place using a special adhesive that lasts for the course of the day. At bed time you can remove your dentures and give them a clean that will help them remain healthy and look fantastic.
Cleaning your dentures properly is essential both for your oral health and the appearance of your smile. Here is everything you need to know about cleaning dentures.
The most important thing to remember about cleaning dentures is that they are fairly fragile and dropping them onto a hard surface could cause them to break. For this reason, we strongly recommend that you clean your dentures over a sink of water or soft, folded towels.
Every time you eat, food debris and bacteria may cling to your dentures and if left, could cause damage and discoloration to your prosthetic. For this reason, we advocate rinsing your mouth with water after you eat.
Much like regular teeth, your dentures will look their best if you make the time to brush them daily. Although they cannot develop cavities, daily brushing can remove any stains and keep your teeth looking healthy and attractive. Unclean dentures can lead to problems such as bad breath, gum disease and oral thrush.
Brush your dentures using a soft-bristled manual toothbrush and denture toothpaste. Use small, circular motions and do your best to get into any small gaps between the prosthetic teeth.
In addition to daily brushing, you should also soak your dentures overnight. Fill a glass or cup with water and pop in the recommended number of denture-cleaning tablets. This will cause the water to fizz up to remove stains and bacteria. Always follow the instructions provided with your denture-cleaning solution.
It is just as important for you to clean your mouth as well as your dentures. Use a soft-bristled toothbrush on any natural teeth, your tongue, cheeks and roof of your mouth. If there is any denture adhesive stuck to your gums, remove this before placing your dentures back in your mouth the next day.
Our dentist will be able to recommend how often you should have your dentures checked. He/she will also be able to professionally clean them, supporting you in keeping them looking in great condition for as long as possible. If there are any problems with the fit of your dentures, our dentist can identify these and make the necessary recommendations.
For further advice on denture care, including cleaning, contact us and speak to our Bronxville, NY dentists.