Bad Habits to Break If You Have Dentures

May 14, 2023

Filed under: Uncategorized — bellroad @ 4:47 pm

Upper and lower full denturesNew technologies and materials allow dentures to look and feel more natural than ever before. They are durable and can withstand the pressure of chewing, but they aren’t indestructible. Simple mistakes can affect the lifespan of your new smile and increase your risk of various health problems. If you want to keep your mouth and body healthy while getting the most from your investment, here are 4 habits to break if you have dentures.

1. Sleeping with Your Dentures

A good pair of dentures will fit your mouth like gloves, so you may never want to take them out. Although no one wants to be caught without their teeth, you shouldn’t sleep with your dentures in your mouth. 

Dentists recommend removing your dentures for 6 to 8 hours daily to keep your mouth healthy. Dentures restrict blood circulation to your gums, which can lead to sores, inflammation, and infections if they aren’t given a break. 

Taking your dentures out nightly also allows you to clean them and your mouth to remove any harmful bacteria that can affect your oral or general health.

2. Relying on a Denture Adhesive

If your dentures slip, an adhesive is a great solution to hold your teeth in place. However, it’s not something you want to rely on. 

If you’re using an adhesive more often than not, chances are your dentures need to be relined. If they aren’t adjusted, it can result in sores, jaw pain, and even shorten the lifespan of your prosthetic.

3. Not Cleaning Your Dentures

Your dentures can’t get cavities, but they still need to be brushed daily. Food particles, plaque, and bacteria will accumulate on them throughout the day. Not only can this lead to unpleasant odors, but it can weaken your dentures and affect your overall wellness. Besides brushing your dentures, soak them in an overnight solution to kill any bacteria missed by your toothbrush.

4. Skipping Dental Checkups

Even if you don’t have any teeth left, you still need to visit your dentist every 6 months for a cleaning and checkup. Not only will they maintain your denture, but they will also monitor your oral health to look for anything concerning, like sores, oral cancer, or gum inflammation. They’ll keep your mouth healthy and ensure your dentures serve you for many years.

You rely on your dentures to get through your day, so show them the appreciation they deserve by breaking any bad oral habits. You’ll have peace of mind knowing your mouth is healthy and your dentures will last for 5 to 7 years before needing replacements.

About Dr. Sierra Ferreira

Dr. Ferreira achieved her dental degree from the Arizona School of Dentistry and Oral Health, graduating top of her class. She has regularly continued her education in many specialties, including periodontology, prosthodontics, and dental implants. She is an award-winning dentist committed to providing compassionate care. Request an appointment through our website or call (602) 786-7412.

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