Denture Care: Keep Them Clean
Did you know – nearly 70% of adults between ages 25 to 44 have lost at least one permanent tooth to an accident, gum disease, a failed root canal or tooth decay, according to the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons. And by age 74, more than a quarter of adults have lost all their permanent teeth.
Today there are choices for tooth replacement – from implants to fixed bridges or removable dentures. Your dentist will recommend the best option for you. Partial dentures fill in the gaps between teeth. Dentures replace all permanent teeth.
There are two kinds of complete dentures, immediate and conventional, according to the American Dental Association. Immediate dentures fit into the mouth right after the natural teeth have been removed. The advantage of these dentures is that you won't be without teeth during the healing process.
With conventional dentures, it will be six- to eight weeks after your natural teeth are removed before they can be fitted to your mouth. You need to allow the gum tissue to heal first.
Clean your dentures daily. Use a brush and cleanser specifically designed for this purpose. If you have a partial denture, remove it before your brush your natural teeth. Here are some other tips in caring for your dentures:
• Don't try to sterilize your dentures in boiling water. You will likely damage them.
• Soak your dentures in a cleansing solution or water if you're not wearing them.
• Don't use abrasive cleansers.
• Carefully store your dentures in a safe place when you're not wearing them. Keep them away from children.
• See your dentist regularly to make sure your dentures fit you properly.
If you care for your dentures, they can last as long as 15 years!