Even with the right dental care, you will inevitably need to repair or realign your dentures at some point. A seemingly harmless act, such as biting down on hard food, can cause them to crack over time. While it can be tempting to use an over-the-counter denture repair kit when you're struggling to eat/speak and feel self-conscious about your smile, there's every chance you could ruin your dentures beyond repair.
Do Not Use Home-Repair Kits
Not all repairs are possible using home repair kits – a simple re-attachment doesn't always cut the mustard. Dental labs not only use very specific acrylics and adhesives, but also will have technicians that are trained to re-model dentures around the contours of your teeth and mouth. Dentures that are not made (or repaired) to measure can cause irritation and sores, which could not only become uncomfortable, but could also cause bleeding, plaque buildup and other health issues.
Always Handle Your Dentures With Care
While replacements and repairs will solve short-term issues, they won't resolve long-term problems if you're not taking adequate care of your dentures. Always handle them with care. Stand over a folded towel or sink of water before removing them in the evening, just in case they slip out of your hands. Clean them once per day using water and a soft bristled toothbrush – do not use toothpaste as it is too abrasive. If you ever run out of your denture cleaning solution, you can use hand soap or mild dishwashing liquid. When you're sleeping, place them in a cleaning solution so they'll remain moist and sterile. If you leave them to dry, they could warp.
Clean Your Dentures Daily
When you have dentures, it's important to brush your gums and tongue every morning before you put your dentures in. Pay particular attention to the areas beneath the metal clasps, as plaque will often become lodged under them. This will increase your risk of suffering from gum disease or tooth decay. In addition, rinse your mouth in the morning and evening with warm salt water.
Visit your dentist at least once every six months to ensure your dentures properly fit. Dentures will eventually succumb to general wear and tear. Every bite will add a little bit of pressure, causing your dentures to bend and clasp to the natural alignment of your mouth. If they become warped, bent or misshapen in any way, you will need a replacement. Contact an emergency denture repair professional for more information.
I am a senior who recently began wearing dentures, and before I got them, I spent a lot of time researching types of dentures and alternatives. Now, that I have my dentures and my research is complete, I need something new to fill my time. So, I decided to create a blog. "Why not put what I learned to use?" I thought. In this blog, I hope to share facts and figures about dentures and offer a little friendly advice along the way. Learn how many other Australians wear dentures, explore alternatives to dentures and figure out which options are best for you. Thanks for reading!