5 Important Tips For Taking Care Of Your Dentures

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If you have had cosmetic dental work done in the past that has lead to you being fitted for dentures, you need to ensure that you are taking care of those dentures properly. This can save you a ton of money since replacing your dentures will be just as expensive as paying for the dentures you received in the first place. On top of this, you will have to go through the process of being fitted and then having to wait for a couple of weeks before your dentures are ready for you, which means you are going to go quite some time without a full smile. To prevent this from happening, it's important that you know these five important tips for taking care of your dentures:

  1. Clean Them Daily: Just as you would brush your teeth at least twice a day, you also need to be practicing daily cleaning habits for your dentures. This means gently brushing the dentures to remove harmful bacteria that would otherwise potentially cause gum disease. This will also prevent your gums from becoming inflamed due to the exposure to certain bacteria, which ensures that your dentures stay fitted properly. If your gums are inflamed, your dentures aren't going to fit as they normally should. 
  2. Never Put Your Dentures in Hot Water: Although hot water kills bacteria, you should never put your dentures in hot water. Yes, it will kill the bacteria, but it can also warp the dentures, which means you will need to have them either adjusted or replaced. Both of these things can be expensive. 
  3. Keep the Dentures in Cold Water at Night: Since you can't put dentures in hot water, the best thing to do is leave them in cold or room temperature water overnight with a denture cleaning solution. This is the best possible way to remove bacteria that your daily brushing isn't getting for you. 
  4. Don't Wear Your Dentures All the Time: It's important to take a break from wearing your dentures, which is why you should leave them in water overnight instead of wearing them. The reason for this is that it gives your gums a break, which is important for preventing inflammation. 
  5. Get Them Cleaned Once a Year: Just as you would have your teeth cleaned by a dentist at least once a year, you should also visit your cosmetic dentist for a professional denture cleaning. This can usually be done quickly while you are still in the office or other cosmetic dentists may require you to drop the dentures off for a day or two until the cleaning is done. 

When you know these five important tips for taking care of your dentures, you can be sure that your dentures last you a long time before you ever need to pay to have them replaced. For more information, contact local professionals like Timothy Richter.


20 October 2016

Emergency Dental Care

The average dentist takes many client appointments each day and also deals with emergency situations on a regular basis. Dental emergencies are very common because people are likely to put off having tooth pain fixed until the pain becomes unbearable. Some people have anxiety about dental visits, and others are trying to avoid the expense of dental care. In either case, the end result is often a dental emergency. I have worked as a professional dental hygienist for many years and have seen all types of dental emergencies. I hope that this blog will help people identify potential emergencies before they become too serious and will allow people to know when to get help.