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Dentures are a popular dental appliance for people who have lost their natural teeth. While dentures are typically easy to care for, there are a few things you should keep in mind to ensure they last as long as possible. One example of this is making sure your dentures are properly lined. So, if you are experiencing any gum discomfort, visit a clinic where they reline dentures to fit your mouth better and take care of any discomfort you might have. The fit is critical, but taking care of your dentures is even more so. 

In this post, we will discuss the proper way to care for your dentures, so you can enjoy them for many years. Stay tuned!

When Do You Need Dentures?

Knowing when you need to get dentures can be a challenging affair, especially if there aren’t any obvious signs. However, one of the first indications that you might need to get dentures is if you are experiencing the loss of teeth. Another common symptom that is an indication that you might need dentures is if you are in constant pain, so much so that you are struggling to talk or eat.

Likewise, if you notice widening gaps between your teeth, you might need dentures. These gaps are commonly caused by the loss of bone density within the gums due to gum disease, and over time your teeth will become loose and fall out. The best way to find out whether you require dentures or might need dentures soon would be to book an appointment with your local dentist.

They Need to be Cleaned Daily 

If you already have dentures or are planning on getting dentures, you need to know that they should be cleaned daily. Just because dentures aren’t real teeth doesn’t mean that they should not be cleaned every day. Dentures, just like teeth, can become discolored if they are not cleaned regularly, and more than this, there are specific ways to clean them without damaging them.

The good news is that you’ll only need a few things to clean your dentures, such as a soft-bristled toothbrush, a cleaning solution made for dentures or a special toothpaste, a soft towel, and of course, water. 

When cleaning your dentures, avoid any teeth whitening toothpaste since these are very harsh and might contain peroxide. You should use soft-bristled toothbrushes since hard bristle toothbrushes can damage dentures. In addition to brushing your dentures twice a day, you should also soak them overnight to ensure they are clean and sanitary when you wake up.

You Might Need New Ones

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Do you have old or ill-fitting dentures? If you do, you might have to consider needing new dentures to replace your old ones. Unfortunately, just because you have just bought dentures does not mean you’ll never need another pair of dentures again. One of the more common reasons you might need a new set of dentures is that you might not have properly cared for them.

More than this, the shape of your jaw and gums could change over time. So, it’s important to ensure that the dentures fit your mouth comfortably. The last thing you want is to have a pair of dentures causing your gum problems. Worse than this, you don’t want dentures that are causing any permanent damage or could cause damage, since this could lead to an infection.

Eat Soft Foods

One of the best ways to care for your dentures would be by eating soft foods. This is especially significant if you have just received your dentures since your gums will still be sensitive. By eating soft foods, you’ll be able to make a smooth transition into your new dental lifestyle. 

More than this, it’s also critical to remember that dentures aren’t like real teeth, and they can get damaged. This doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t ever eat any hard food. It just means you should be relatively careful about what you put into your mouth since your dentures can get damaged.

When Your Dentist Needs a Call

Finally, the last piece of advice would be to call your dentist if you have had dentures for quite some time. If your dentures are falling out of your mouth while eating or talking, you need a new pair and you need to contact your dentist. 

You might also need to call your dentist if you suffer from bad breath or if eating becomes very uncomfortable. Having dentures is supposed to be a comfortable experience, and if it is not, this is an indication to call your dentist.

Who is the author?

Piper Rivera is a USA Today bestselling author of swashbuckling action-adventure romance. She is a wife of a rock star and the mother of two young adults. She has also been a ballerina, a typographer, a film composer, a piano player, a singer in an all-girl rock band, and a voice in those violent video games you won’t let your kids play.

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Anna Michael Kingston

Anna Michael Kingston is a USA Today bestselling author of swashbuckling action-adventure romance. She’s the wife of a rock star, and the mother of two young adults, but she’s also been a ballerina, a typographer, a film composer, a piano player, a singer in an all-girl rock band, and a voice in those violent video games you won’t let your kids play.

The content in this editorial is for general information only and is not intended to provide medical or other professional advice. For more information on your medical condition and treatment options, speak to your healthcare professional.

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