Dentures can be a good choice for anyone who is missing all their teeth or a large number of teeth; not only do they improve your appearance, but also they make talking and eating easier, and can keep the jaw bones stimulated so the entire mouth is healthy and strong. However, wearing dentures means you need to be ready to care for them properly and know when to visit your dentist again. Note a few mistakes many denture wearers make so you can avoid these, and ensure that your mouth and dentures are always healthy and strong.
Not brushing the dentures
Rinsing or soaking the dentures overnight will remove quite a number of germs and bacteria and other harmful items that settle onto the dentures during the day, but this doesn't mean this is the only cleaning they need. You should brush your dentures every day, even more than once per day if recommended by your dentist, as the brushing will help to get off any residual food items that cannot be removed by soaking. Use a denture brush and not a regular toothbrush, or use one with very soft bristles so you don't cause damage, and be sure you're gentle with the brushing process as well.
Not rinsing dentures enough
You always want to rinse your dentures after eating so you get off food particles, and then rinse them in the morning after soaking and before you put them in your mouth. Denture soaking solutions are not necessarily harmful but they can be irritating to your mouth and especially the gums where dentures sit, as this skin can sometimes be more sensitive that the inside of your cheeks or other skin inside your mouth.
Not telling the dentists when dentures are very uncomfortable
There may be some slight discomfort when you first get dentures, as your mouth and jaw are adjusting and the muscles of the jaw are working to keep them in place. However, this discomfort should go away after a few days; your dentist can note what to expect in your case. Over time, if you feel discomfort and outright pain, you don't want to think that this is just part of wearing dentures. You may need to have them refitted or they may have been damaged at the base and are irritating your gums. You may not look forward to the expense of getting new dentures but this can be needed to keep your mouth comfortable and keep your dentures in place when wearing them.Share