Posted on 1/20/2020 by Dr. Shiotsu
|Getting dentures for the first time can be an exciting experience that builds your confidence and has you smiling more than ever. However, some are intimidated by this unfamiliar experience, wanting to make sure they do everything possible to protect their dentures and their mouth.
However, there is no need to worry about a daunting denture experience because taking care of your dentures is a very straightforward process. Although, it does take dedication to keep them as clean and free of plaque, tartar, and bacteria as possible.
What Mistakes Should I Avoid?Are you curious about how you can try and sidestep some of the problems people have with dentures? Here are some of the most common mistakes people with new dentures tend to make.
Intermittent or Improper BrushingJust like natural teeth, dentures should be brushed daily. Without proper brushing, food particles become trapped, and soaking doesn't remove all of them. Try not to practice avoidance when it comes to keeping your dentures clean, thinking one night won't hurt. It can become a bad habit.
Not Soaking Them Long EnoughYour dentures should be fresh and sterile when they enter your mouth every morning, and a great place to start is by getting in the habit of soaking them overnight, every night.
Although seemingly durable, dentures are actually quite fragile. Avoid removing them roughly, holding them too much, or laying them in precarious places while you do other things. It's effective to consider them like glass whenever handling them, and always put them in a safe spot while soaking them.
Neglecting to Get Them Refitted
Don't try to tough out wearing dentures that aren't properly fitted. This can cause your dentures to rub against your gums, resulting in irritation or cuts, as well as infection. These are the pitfalls that we hope you can avoid with your new dentures. With proper cleaning and refitting, as well as gentle handling, you and your dentures can have a long, happy life together.
To learn more, contact our office. We would love to help you make your dentures a success.
Goichi Shiotsu, DDS
Mercer Island, Washington