New Guidelines for Denture Care
Restoring your smile if you have any missing teeth can be a great thing as it can boost your confidence and help with your oral health. Options include bridges, dentures and dental implants. The Oral Health Foundation has recently published a paper discussing the guidelines around denture care and maintenance for patients and what these guidelines should be. From reading the paper it soon becomes apparent that, unlike brushing your teeth twice per day, there are no global standards or guidelines for denture care. The paper discusses how denture maintenance instructions differ from country to country.
Why is denture care so important?
When you have dentures, whether that be a full denture which replaces all of the teeth on your upper or lower jaw, or if you have partial dentures which replace one or two teeth – they need to be taken care of to ensure the longevity of the denture itself and to keep your mouth as healthy as possible. If dentures are not cleaned on a regular basis issues may occur such as fungal infections, plaque build up or gum disease. If you have partial dentures, this build up of bacteria could also cause decay in existing teeth, and over time these may have to be extracted as well.
So how do I clean my dentures?
Your dentist will be able to advise you how to take care of your oral health and denture during your appointment. The Oral Health Foundation has recommended the following to care for your smile at home:
- Brush your dentures daily with a toothbrush or denture brush and use a denture cleanser with it.
- Soak your dentures daily in a denture-cleansing solution. This will compliment the plaque and bacteria-fighting effects that brushing with a denture cleanser has. Follow the manufacturers’ guidelines when using a cleansing solution and only use on outside of the mouth.
- Unless you have a specific reason, try not to keep your dentures in your mouth overnight. This helps reduce the risk of stomatitis (inflammation of the mouth or lips) and pneumonia.
- Make sure to visit your dentist regularly for check-ups. Even if you don’t have any teeth as it’s important the dentist checks your overall oral health and that your dentures are working the best they can.
I don’t want the hassle of removing and soaking my dentures every day – are there any other options?
Of course! Discuss with your dentist the alternative options to dentures. They may suggest a bridge, which is a fixed option in the mouth and requires teeth already in the mouth to support the false ones. Another great option is dental implants!!
Transform your smile with dental implants.
Dental implants are a way of restoring your smile without the disadvantages of dentures and bridges. Dental implants can be used to replace a number of teeth! If you’d like to know more about the process of getting dental implants, you can check out one of our previous blogs. Maintenance and care of your dental implants is essential for them to last and to have great oral health, however you don’t have to remove dental implants daily like you would dentures.
Benefits of dental implants
Implants have many benefits:
- No cavities can occur in an implanted tooth, but they do still need to be checked regularly and treated as normal teeth would be.
- You can clean your teeth as normal with an implant fitted, instead of keeping them in a pot as you would with dentures.
- Dental implants are known to be the strongest device to help support replacement teeth, often materials such as titanium and other strong metals are used.
- Eating is not restricted once an implant has been fitted, however this differs with dentures.
At Centre for Dentistry our top priorities are excellent patient care and service. That’s why we like to make the process of transforming your smile as easy and straightforward as possible. Simply pop into your local practice and make an appointment with your dentist to check your suitability for implants and if you are eligible, book a consultation. You can also book a direct access consultation with our implant surgeon for a higher fee. We also offer 0% finance to help you spread the treatment in affordable monthly payments. You can apply easily in the practice at your convenience.