Aftercare Tips for Dentures

Aftercare Tips for Dentures

Posted by MT WEST DENTIST

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on Apr 20 2022, 07:34 AM

Aftercare Tips for Dentures

A denture is a removable replacement for missing teeth and the surrounding tissues. Complete dentures are used when all the teeth are missing, while partial dentures are used when some natural teeth remain. Dentures can help restore your smile, improve speaking, chewing, digestion, and support facial muscles.

There are some aftercare tips you need to keep in mind if you are a patient with dentures.

Cleaning your Dentures

Cleaning your dentures is important to prevent stains and bacteria build-up. To clean your dentures, rinse them in warm water, then brush and scrub them with a denture cleaner. Don’t use toothpaste, which can scratch the dentures. If your dentures have metal parts, be sure to brush them with a soft-bristled toothbrush.

Proper Placement and Attachment of Dentures

The entire process can take several weeks, and it’s important that you practice patience throughout this time. During the first few days, it’s important to be careful eating with the dentures. Try to avoid hard or crunchy foods because they can damage dentures. Stick to soft foods, like oatmeal or soups.

Once your dentures are secure, you should begin practicing proper cleaning protocol. Brush your dentures every day to remove food and plaque, and soak them overnight in water or a denture cleaning solution.

Regular Dental Checkups

Some patients experience sore spots or have trouble chewing after getting dentures. Your dentist can make adjustments to your dentures, including relining them. This allows them to fit better and feel more comfortable.

Dietary Considerations

When choosing foods, remember to always choose soft foods that are easy to chew. Certain foods, like candies, hard candies, nuts, and popcorn, are harder for dentures to bite into. These foods also tend to stick to dentures, which could loosen the adhesive.

When you’re eating, it’s important to avoid pressure on the dentures. Avoid biting your fingernails or resting on your chin. Also, avoid opening your mouth too wide, as this puts pressure on the dentures. Instead, open your mouth just as wide as you need to chew comfortably.

Denture Adhesives

When it comes to adhesives for dentures, there are several options, including pastes, creams, powders, and strips. Pastes are the most common, and they contain powdered adhesives that stick to your dentures. Powdered adhesives can also be used on their own, either with a saliva or water rinse. Cream adhesives are a bit stickier than pastes, but they may still work if your dentures are slightly loose. Gums and mint-flavored adhesives are also available.

Proper Care of Your Gums

It is especially important that you care for your gum tissue after getting your dentures. At first, your gums will go through an adjustment period, during which they may bleed or feel sore. This is an important part of the healing process, so don’t be alarmed.

After the first week, you can begin to gently massage your gums to help them adjust. Gently rub your gums with your finger to stimulate circulation. If your dentures irritate your gums, try using a soft toothbrush to brush your gums. Avoid using toothpaste with abrasive chemicals.

MT West Dentist, located in Plains, MT, has an expert dental team that offers the best dental care facilities to patients with the help of modern amenities. Call us at (406) 215- 4705 and book an appointment with our practice to know more about our dental care services. 

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