Dentures – do’s and dont’s

Dentures – do’s and dont’s

Posted on Jun 24, 2015

Last week, we asked the question: do you need full Dentures? We also delved into NovaDental’s use of the latest Denture retention technology.

This time around, we’re looking at Dentures do’s and don’ts. So let’s get stuck in…

Do:

Have a break: Don’t have a Kit-Kat (were we the only ones thinking that?). What we mean here is that it’s best to take your Dentures out before having a snooze. This allows mouth tissues to recover – be sure to ask your dentist what it’s best to soak your Dentures in too.

Clean them as though they’re normal teeth: Yep, that means you need to be cleaning them daily. Dentures are no different to teeth – this means they can still stain and tartar and bacteria can build over time. Chat to your dentist but ideally, you should be using a regular soft-bristled brush, not the same kind of brush you’d use for normal teeth.

  • Take care with them: If you’ve got Dentures, you’ll know they didn’t come cheap and chances are, your dentist has already told you how easily they can break. So don’t take any unnecessary risks with them… using toothpicks while wearing them and hard toothbrushes are big no-no’s.
  • Continue to visit your dentist regularly: Having Dentures doesn’t mean you can wave goodbye to your dentist forever. You’ll still need to visit your dentist at least once a year to keep on top of your oral health.
  • Be mindful of any changes in fit and feel: Our bodies change over time and our mouths are no exception. If gums and bones change enough, it can lead to an improper denture fit. Dentures that no longer fit your mouth properly can cause real problems down the track and can eventually cause sores, pain and burning.

Don’t:

  • Eat foods that are incredibly hot or cold: As you’re still getting used to your Dentures, it’s wise to stay away from really hot or cold foods. Give yourself some time to adjust to eating these foods.
  • Try to fix or adjust your dentures yourself if something feels wrong: If anything to do with your Dentures doesn’t feel quite right, the best thing to do is to book an appointment with your dentist.
  • Eat certain foods: The last thing you’ll want to do with your Dentures is to take a big bite out of a piece of steak or anything else terribly hard (for example, an apple). If you have a good think, you’ll be able to work out the foods to avoid quite easily: popcorn, caramel, nuts and so on.
  • Forget to ask your dentist, a pharmacist or oral health professional anything you need to: If you’re taking medication, it’s important to check whether the medication impacts your mouth (remember, you’re always better off asking the question than assuming).

Here at NovaDental, our team is dedicated to maintaining your oral health in the long-term.

If you’re experiencing any issues with your dentures or would just like to ask a few questions, don’t hesitate to give us a call and make an appointment today: 1300 549 750.

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