Americans care about how their teeth look. Nearly all say that a nice smile is important for their social life, 99.7% say this. At least 96%of all Americans think that a nice looking smile helps with romantic relationships. Nearly three-quarter of all people think a good smile is important for career success. But at the same time that Americans say that how teeth look is so important, at least 30 million people are missing all or most of their teeth. Many of these people get dentures and partials to replace their missing teeth.
People who are new to dentures and partials do not know how to care for them. Caring for dentures and partials is different from how you care for your natural teeth.
Give your mouth a break. At night, before you go to bed, take out your dentures and partials. You need to give your gums a break and let them heal from wearing the dentures and partials all day. It is one easy thing you can do to maintain your dental health. If you can manage it, they should stay out of your mouth for between six and eight hours. For dentures with metal clasps, you should soak them in warm water. If your dentures are clasp free, mix up a solution of 50% water and 50% vinegar. There are also special cleaners that are designed for dentures and partials. This will kill any bacteria and remove plaque and stains.
- Be gentle with your dentures and partials. These are expensive and they break really easily. Treat them with care. To make sure you do not drop them on something hard, wash them over a towel. Avoid using toothpicks when they are in your mouth. Be careful about what cleaners you use on them. It is possible to use cleaners that are too harsh for your dentures and partials. Use soft brushes when brushing your teeth with them in. Make sure your children and pets are unable to get them.
- Be diligent when it comes to cleaning them. Just like your regular teeth, your dentures and partials. They need to be cleaned every day. If they become covered with tartar and bacteria, it can lead to problems with the rest of your mouth. This includes, but is not limited to, infection and irritation. An infection in your mouth can lead to other serious medical problems and is something that should not be taken lightly. Get a special brush to use on your dentures and partials. You do not need a special denture cleaner, You can use toothpaste (a mildly abrasive one is best) but you can also use a dishwashing detergent (if it is mild) or a hand soap. Brush your dentures and partials every day to keep them clean and your mouth healthy.
- Your entire mouth needs attention. If you want to achieve or maintain excellent oral health, you need to pay attention to all of your mouth. In addition to any natural teeth you have, your gums need some care and gentle feeding as well. When you take your dentures and partials out, take some time to massage your gums with a soft toothbrush or even a washcloth. Make sure you are brushing and flossing your natural teeth every day as you should be used to doing.
- Have regular dental cleanings. Regardless of what kind of tooth replacement you have, if you have dental implants, dentures and partials or something else, you still need to go into your dentist at least once a year for a real dental cleaning. Many dentists recommend going every six months. If you are scared of the dentist, and many people are, you can ask about pain free dentistry. The important thing is that you go to maintain your dental health.
- Keep an eye on how they fit. Over time, your dentures and partials will change in the way they fit. If you feel they are not quite right, you should go into your dentist’s office and have it checked out. If your dentures do not fit well, it can cause a lot of problems.
Treat your dentures and partials carefully, brush and floss your natural teeth every day and you should not have problems.