Dental patients with complete dentures need to take care of their oral health, just as if they still had their natural teeth. The most important thing these dentures are trying to achieve is restoring the patient’s lifestyle. For best results, please follow the next 5 steps to make sure you do avoid the 5 most common mistakes people with complete dentures tend to make.
- Wear your dentures. Dentures ideally remain unchanged; yet, your mouth is constantly changing. If you fail to wear your dentures for a while, for your own reasons, you will find it doesn’t fit any more. As we grow old, the oral cavity tends to shrink and the gum line to withdraw. Many patients make the mistake of not wearing their dentures at all times, by discontinuing using them at the slightest inconvenience. After not wearing your dentures for a few days, you might find your dentures even more inconvenient and you will have to go again through the process of adapting to your dentures, just as you did when you first got them.
- Visit your dentist. Many patients with dentures consider that they no longer need to visit their dentist, since they have no more natural teeth to take care of. Even if you no longer have your natural teeth, your visits to the dentist must not become history. You need to maintain a healthy oral cavity and keep your dentures in good shape. Even at a more advanced age, patients can experience misalignments of their dental arches. It is highly important that you prevent and treat denture irritations and infections. It is better to ask your doctor how often you need to come back for a dental check-up.
- Replace your dentures. Dentures are meant to improve the quality of life in patient who lost their natural teeth, not to cause further inconvenience. Should your dentures feel “wrong”, no longer fit, slide or tend to fall, do not despair and don not reconcile yourself to the situation: you need to ask your dentist for advice, as your dentures can be adjusted, repaired or replaced.
- Learn about denture care. When not in your mouth, your dentures should be kept in a glass of water or other special liquid. Do not place them in hot water and do not let them dry! You need to clean them on a daily basis, using a toothbrush. Never use rough detergents to clean your dentures!
- Don’t try to fix your broken dentures at home. As strange as it may seem, many patients try to glue their broken dentures with chemical adhesives they buy from the supermarket and try to adjust them using a nail file or similar. Adhesives can be toxic and you totally lack the expertise and skills necessary to fix your dentures. To avoid accidents, don’t do this at home! Ask your dentist about any necessary restoration or repair.