Congratulations on your new dentures in La Mesa! This classic tooth replacement option is a great way to quickly restore a full set of beautiful, functional pearly whites. Unfortunately, they’re not a permanent solution for missing teeth like dental implants, but they can easily last you for at least a decade if you take care of them properly. Use these eight practical and effective tips to extend the lifespan of your dentures for many years to come.
Tip #1: Handle Your Dentures Carefully
Modern dentures are crafted from strong materials, but that doesn’t mean they’re indestructible. Always take your time when putting in, taking out, or cleaning your dentures to ensure you don’t accidentally drop them on a hard countertop or tiled floor and break them.
Tip #2: Rinse Your Dentures Off After Eating
Food particles and debris can get stuck in your dentures as you eat, which can attract bacteria and cause oral health issues. Remember to take your dentures out after eating a meal or snacking to rinse away lingering bits and particles.
Tip #3: Don’t Forget to Clean the Rest of Your Mouth
Plaque and bacteria naturally build up in your mouth over time. Remember to gently brush your remaining teeth, tongue, cheeks, and gums every morning and evening to keep them healthy.
Tip #4: Brush Your Dentures At Least Once a Day
Even though your dentures aren’t susceptible to cavities, the bacteria and plaque that build up on them can still attack other parts of your mouth and cause problems like gum disease and oral infections.
Tip #5: Soak Your Dentures Overnight
You need to remove your dentures before bed every night to keep your gums healthy. However, your dentures could warp if they’re allowed to dry out! Make sure you soak your dentures every night in their cleaning solution.
Tip #6: Rinse Off Used Denture Adhesive & Cleaning Solution
While denture adhesive and cleaning solutions are safe to use, they can cause harm if swallowed. Before you put your dentures in your mouth, always check that they’re clean and rinsed off.
Tip #7: See Your Dentist Twice a Year
Even if you have no natural teeth left, you need to see your dentist twice a year for regular checkups and cleanings. This gives your dentist a chance to spot the earliest signs of developing issues and adjust your dentures accordingly.
Tip #8: Tell Your Dentist If Your Dentures Don’t Feel Right
It’s natural for your mouth to change shape with age, especially if you’re missing teeth. This can cause your dentures to lose their fit, which can lead to discomfort, less functionality, gum irritation, and oral infections. Let your dentist know right away if your smile doesn’t feel as comfortable as it should.
Eventually, your dentures will need to be replaced to keep your mouth healthy. However, you can use these caring for dentures tips to make them last for years to come!
About the Author
Dr. Peter F. Johnson is committed to helping the smiles of San Diego, La Mesa, and the surrounding communities look and feel their best for a lifetime. As one of only six Board Certified Prosthodontists in San Diego County, he has advanced training in dental restorations and tooth replacement. For over 20 years, he has rebuilt countless smiles with high-quality full and partial dentures. For more tips on caring for dentures, he can be reached via his website or at (619) 463-3737.