If you have dentures, it is important to care for your prosthetic to maintain the overall health of your mouth. Clean dentures will reduce bad breath, prolong the lifespan of your dentures, and keep your surrounding teeth and gums in a healthy state. At Boston Prosthodontics Dental Group, we are committed to helping our Boston, MA patients properly care for their dentures. In this blog post, we provide tips on how to care for the different types of dentures that we offer.
Caring for Removable Dentures
Removable partial or full dentures can be made for patients that are missing some or all of their teeth. These dentures are either attached to nearby teeth with clasps, or attached to the gums through a custom fit and fabrication process.
Patients that have removable dentures should follow a simple two-part cleaning routine.
First, patients should continue to brush their teeth twice a day and floss their teeth once a day, as recommended by the American Dental Association. Following these guidelines will prevent the risk of cavities and gum disease, both of which can cause future tooth loss.
Second, patients should clean their dentures daily. Debris can be removed with a toothbrush. The dentures can also be removed and gently scrubbed with denture cleaner, soap, or dishwashing liquid. Be sure to clean all of the denture’s components, including clasps, the base, and the prosthetic teeth, to thoroughly remove food remnants and bacteria.
Caring for Fixed Dentures (Dental Bridges)
Fixed dentures are also known as dental bridges. A bridge is permanently fixed in place and can be used to replace one to three consecutive teeth.
Caring for your fixed bridge is similar to the dental care routine that is recommended for all patients. Brush your teeth twice a day, ideally in the morning and at night before bedtime. In addition, floss once a day. When you are brushing and flossing, be sure to also clean the areas around the bridge to remove food particles.
Caring for Implant-supported Dentures
Implant-supported dentures are fixed in the mouth and can’t be removed. Patients should brush the denture prosthetic, the gums, and any remaining teeth at least twice a day. Patients should also use floss once a day to clean any spaces between the teeth.
Benefits of Properly Caring for Your Dentures
When you properly care for your dentures, you can enjoy a healthy and attractive smile. Proper denture care can:
- Prevent additional tooth loss: Food remnants attract dental bacteria, which release acids that cause tooth decay and gum disease. These dental conditions account for the majority of tooth loss among adults. Cleaning your dentures, any remaining teeth, and the gums removes food particles and bacteria to reduce your risk of developing cavities or gum disease.
- Reduce the incidence of bad breath: The food that is left on your dentures or within the mouth combine with dental bacteria, causing the foul odor known as bad breath. Routine brushing and flossing can prevent bad breath.
- Prolong the lifespan of your denture prosthetic: Proper care will reduce the amount of wear and tear your dentures sustain over a period of several years. Dentures can become yellowed or discolored due to food remnants or smoking. In addition, bad habits such as opening a bottle with your teeth or chewing on ice can cause fractures or breaks in your dentures.
To learn more about properly caring for your dentures, contact Boston Prosthodontics Dental Group.