Congratulations – you now have a beautiful new set of dentures, restoring your smile and helping you feel young and vibrant.
Though your dentist and caring staff at My Hills Dentist will give you clear and detailed instructions on using and caring for your new set of teeth, you may still have a few questions. So, how do you best care for your new smile? What should you do differently with dentures than you did with your natural teeth?
Daily Denture Care
You should incorporate a new daily routine into your existing one. While denture care isn’t any more time consuming than care for natural teeth, you should commit this to memory and follow it every day to keep your dentures shining and bright.
- Brush every day. Brushing your dentures every day with a soft-bristled toothbrush will help remove food and plaque buildup. Don’t use whitening toothpaste, however, as this contains chemicals that can damage the synthetic dentures.
- Rinse dentures after eating. After you eat, simply remove and rinse your dentures in water to wash off food particles.
- Soak dentures at night. Your mouth naturally gets dry at night, which is bad for dentures. The best way to keep them strong is to remove them while you sleep and soak them in a glass of water. Also, sleeping with dentures in at night can increase your risk of certain infections.
- Schedule regular dental check-ups. Just because you have dentures now doesn’t mean you don’t still need regular dental appointments. Talk with your dentist about how often you should come in to the office.
What If My Dentures Are Damaged?
If your dentures become cracked or damaged, don’t worry. First, remove them and rinse them off. Assess the level of damage.
Though you may be tempted to buy an over-the-counter kit that promises an easy at-home fix, we do not recommend this. By attempting to fix your dentures at home with glue or other repair tools, you may end up damaging your dentures even more. So, schedule an appointment with My Hills Dentist; we’ll be able to fix damage.
Your next step is to stop wearing your dentures. It can be difficult to live without the teeth you rely on, but the best way to avoid damaging the dentures further is to simply put them away until your next dental appointment (which we’ll try to make as soon as possible). While you’re waiting for your dental appointment, eat soft foods like yogurt.
Ready to Try Out Dentures or Need Repairs?
If you think your dentures may be damaged, don’t attempt at-home repair. We’ll know exactly how to fix your dentures and help you fix the problem so it doesn’t happen again. If you don’t have dentures but you believe they’re right for you, we can help you determine whether Fountain of Youth Dentures or BPS Dentures are right for you.
Your trusted cosmetic dentists at My Hills Dentist in Baulkham Hills and the surrounding Sydney area are dedicated to helping you achieve and maintain the smile you’ve dreamed of. To schedule an appointment, please call (02) 9686 7375 or contact us online today.