People may often be heard bemoaning the fact that there does not seem to be enough time in any given day to simply get everything done that they need or want to accomplish. Work priorities, household chores, grocery shopping, family obligations and the like all have a way of consuming our waking hours and making time management an ongoing challenge.
But there is one way to actually make use of some non-waking hours each day – as part of the overall daily care of your full or partial dentures. Your dentures could be viewed as an investment in revitalizing and enriching your lifestyle, and therefore should be receiving the appropriate time and attention worthy of protecting any asset. Routine and regular denture maintenance on a daily/nightly and annual basis will help prolong the life of your dentures.
Denture Care is a Daily Affair
With proper care, your dentures should last for five to seven years before replacements may be required.
Daily care and maintenance of your dentures requires these routine steps:
- Clean twice daily with a denture brush to eliminate external bacteria
- Use an appropriate denture cleanser, not regular toothpaste
- Remove dentures every night to give mouth/gums the chance to relax
- Soak dentures every night in warm (not hot) water and a denture cleanser
- When not in your mouth, dentures should always be stored in water
- Always rinse dentures thoroughly before placing them back in your mouth
- Whenever dentures are inserted, bite down and swallow before speaking
In addition to prolonging the lifecycle of your dentures, daily care can help to prevent any unnecessary pain and/or inconvenience from such issues as gum sores/irritation, tissue inflammation, premature wearing, trouble biting/chewing, looseness or shifting, and denture breath/odour.
Another aspect of good denture care includes an annual check-up to assess the following:
- That your dentures continue to fit and function as designed/intended
- Structural integrity – no premature wear or signs of cracks/damage
- The condition of your mouth and gums – no signs of irritation/sores
If you are finding it difficult to properly care for your full or partial dentures, or have been experiencing some pain or discomfort despite regular denture care, call the Onyx Denture and Implant Clinic today at 403-995-0852 or contact us to schedule a complimentary consultation.