Looking after your dentures: how to have a happy life with false teeth

False TeethHave you recently chosen dentures to replace your missing teeth? Modern dentures are – thankfully – a world away from their early ancestors, which comprised many strange materials from wood to animals’ teeth. One can only imagine how they looked, let alone how it felt to try to use them.

Today’s dentures, such as those offered by Sheen Dental Implants in Richmond, both look and act a lot more like animal teeth. They can be made from a range of materials including acrylic, metal, and plastic, and are designed to be realistic in terms of appearance and action, as well as comfortable to wear. There’s no danger of picking up a splinter from a modern denture!

Dentures may be full or partial, depending on how many teeth need to be replaced. Even if you have lost all your natural teeth and have a full denture in each jaw, it’s still vitally important to maintain good dental hygiene. Standard dentures can be taken out for cleaning, whilst dentures retained by dental implants may be removable or can be permanently fixed in place.

If you fail to keep your dentures and gums clean, you can still develop gum disease, which can lead to infections in and further recession of the jaw bone. You could also suffer from oral thrush, and could experience bad breath or a foul taste in your mouth.

Cleaning dentures isn’t difficult. You should treat them in the same way as natural teeth and clean them at least twice a day.

In the case of removable dentures, be sure to clean them over a sink full of water or a soft surface such as a folded towel, because if they slip through your fingers and hit the floor or empty sink they could break.

Brush your dentures with toothpaste/soap and water, then soak them in denture cleaning solution to remove bacteria and food particles, before giving them a final brush.

If you’ve chosen to have dentures permanently attached to dental implants, you should clean them much like normal teeth; be sure to ask your hygienist for special tips and tricks on how to clean hard-to-reach areas.