5 Common Denture Problems and How to Prevent Them
Dentures allow you to enjoy the foods you love, while also keeping your pearly white smile. While dentures do provide us with many benefits, they also come with some problems and discomforts. Here are 5 of the common denture problems and how you can prevent them in the future.
- Inflammation, infection and sores are often common to denture wearers. This primarily happens when dentures are left in when they don’t need to be used. For example, it is wise to remove dentures at night to prevent any irritation that may occur. This will allow the gums to be free of constriction or any rubbing that could occur unmindfully while you are asleep.
- Infection can occur when excessive bacteria develops in the mouth because of the dentures. Naturally, our mouths contain some bacteria thorough the day from the food we eat, the air we inhale and the drinks we enjoy. While bacteria is normal, it is important to keep bacteria levels within a safe range. To do this, you should be sure to clean dentures regularly by soaking them overnight as well as brushing them with toothpaste like real teeth. While keeping dentures clean is important, you must also keep your gums and mouth clean. Often gum can develop sores or infections Be sure to reduce and prevent these issues by swishing a lukewarm saltwater solution in your mouth every day for clean, healthy gums. This can also prevent gum disease or gingivitis.
- Another common issue is that dentures may break. Typically dentures are made from acrylic resin or porcelain and so they may chip or crack, leading to breakage. Often this will not happen when the dentures are in your mouth. Common breakage occurs when dentures are out of the mouth and are not stored properly in a safe place. Unfortunately, once dentures are broken, you will likely have to pay for new ones. To reduce this cost, you may consider paying for an extended warranty protection plan if offered by your dental provider.
- Make sure that your dentures fit properly. Sometimes you may not notice any issues when you first get your dentures, but with daily wear you may begin to feel discomfort or that something just isn’t right. Don’t overlook this. Instead, communicate with your dentist immediately so that the issue doesn’t lead to health problems. You are paying good money for a dental plate, so be sure that everything is perfect for your mouth and your needs. Also, be aware that over time denture will loosen, so it is wise to check in with your dentist and have them adjusted from time to time.
- Finally, many people experience stained dentures with extended use. This happens especially when you drink high amounts of tea, coffee, red wine, dark juice or sodas. When enjoying these drinks, be sure to soak your dentures at night in the solution recommended by your dentist. Also rake time to remove dentures regularly and clean them with a toothbrush to remove stains as you would on real teeth.
Enjoy your dentures by caring for them and your mouth properly. Always consult your dentist or a healthcare provider at Marsh Ridge Family Dental & Orthodontics for their professional advice regarding caring for dentures. Be sure to clean and soak dentures regularly, wash your gums and mouth with a saltwater solution, ensure the dentures fit properly. Store them in a safe place to prevent breakage, and also soak them after drinking drinks like tea or wine when you feel the need to indulge. All of these tips will make sure that you can enjoy your dentures for a long period of time while protecting your oral health and keeping your dentures looking like new.