It’s time for you to get dentures. You’re tired of having gaps between your teeth and looking like you lost a hockey fight. Instead, you want to have a great smile again and have decided on dentures instead of dental implants. There are a few things you should know:
Acrylic Dentures Are Not Solid
If you were to pick up your dentures and look at them, they’d look pretty solid. That’s not the case. There are a lot of tiny pores in them, and in those pores, bacteria can form… and flourish if left unchecked. That’s why you really can’t just pick up a toothbrush and do some half-hearted scrubs on it for 30 seconds. Just like brushing your regular teeth, you need to do it for a lot longer and a lot more vigorously.
Overnight Soaking Is Vitally Important
It’s not enough to just brush the dentures and then put them in a case overnight. No, there’s still a lot of things that can lurk in them. Get a reputable denture soaker, fill up a cup of water – not hot, though since that can make the dentures warp, plop the soaker in and then put the dentures in after that. It’s not going to get 100% of all the bacteria, but it’s going to be darn close. When you take them out in the morning, you’ll know that you’re getting fresh, clean dentures.
Dry Mouth And Contaminated Dentures = Very Bad Results
No, dry mouth isn’t what you get if you’re nervous before giving a speech or asking someone out – though that does often happen. It’s called xerostomia and it occurs a lot more in older people due to a reduction in saliva.. Certain medicines can cause dry mouth too, and since older people tend to take several medications, it often happens. Saliva acts as protection, so without it, having contaminated dentures can be dangerous. You’ll need daily oral moisturizers to help prevent this from becoming a problem. Read more…
Bacteria Grows More In Older People’s Mouths
It’s not your fault that your mouth gets more bacteria as you get older – just like certain parts of your body grow as you age, too.That aforementioned reduction in saliva plays a part and also a weaker immune system allows more bacteria in than when you were younger. You just need to stay on top of your oral hygiene, which means spending a little more time in the bathroom in terms of brushing and flossing.
Routine Check-ups Are Necessary
People get comfortable with things that they buy. There are some who still wear concert T-shirts from a show they saw three decades ago… though their body type is usually not the same as it was back then. The same could be said of their dentures, which can be more than a decade old, when they should be changed every five to seven years to prevent them from becoming loose. It’s not the dentist’s fault that so much time can elapse. Many of the denture-wearers often stop coming in for regular check-ups… and there are only so many postcards and phone calls a dentist can make before just throwing in the towel. To prevent any issues from dentures that no longer fit, see your dentist regularly.
Now that you know some of the things to properly maintain your dentures, come to Acadia Dental & Dentures in Frederick, MD – the staff there will make sure that you have the best-fitting dentures and will tell you how to maintain them so that they work for you for a long, long time.