Maintaining The Fit And Attractiveness Of Your Dentures

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If you have lost your teeth and now have dentures, you may be concerned about keeping your new appliance in like-new condition. A denture is custom-made for the specific contours of your mouth. As a result, changes in your denture can affect the fit and appearance of the appliance. Here are a few ways to ensure that your denture maintains its attractiveness and fit for years.

Minimize the Amount of Deep-colored Foods and Drinks That You Ingest

If you enjoy dark-colored drinks or foods, try to restrict your intake. Items that are dark in color may stain your denture. Over time, the appliance may lose its white hue and become yellowed or otherwise discolored.

If you are unable to limit your intake of a specific substance because of its high nutritional value, be sure to rinse your appliance thoroughly after eating or drinking. The water can help dilute colorants to prevent staining. Still, it is important to rinse soon after eating or drinking. A delay in the dilution of the pigments can allow enough time for the stains to set into the pores of the appliance.

Additionally, ensure that the water used for rinsing is cool. Water that is too hot can disfigure your dentures, preventing a good fit.

Avoid Chewing or Biting Hard Items 

Chewing or biting on hard items, such as finger nails or ice chips, may seem like a harmless habit. However, the bite pressure applied to a hard substance can cause a denture to crack or chip. In some instances, one or more false teeth may actually dislodge from the appliance frame. 

Hard items may also become lodged between your gums and a denture. This can damage your sensitive gingival tissues and the appliance.

Keep Your Gums and Dentures Clean

The fit of a denture is dependent on the contours of your gums and palate. Although you may have no teeth left to decay, your gums may still become inflamed from dental plaque. This can lead to gum disease, which can change the dimensions of the gums and in severe cases, even cause damage to the jawbone. Thus, it is important to keep your gums and your dentures clean.

Your gums can be gently brushed or wiped clean. In addition, you may want to consider using an antibacterial mouth rinse to limit the number of harmful microbes in your mouth. 

Dentures can be cleaned by soaking them in a denture-cleaning solution. In addition, they can be brushed with a denture-cleaning paste. 

For more information about maintaining your dentures, contact a dentist in your area to schedule an appointment. Visit a site like for more help.


13 September 2017

Coping With Dental Emergencies

My son was outside playing with some friends when he accidentally fell down and hit his mouth on the sidewalk. The fall knocked out his front tooth, so I immediately placed the tooth in a small jar and added some milk. I rushed my son to the dental clinic and the dentist immediately took us into the examination room. The dentist placed the tooth back into the socket and saved it. My name is Beverly Tillman and thanks to the quick work of the dentist, my son didn't lose his tooth. Since this was a scary time for me and my son, I wanted to write this blog as a source of information for other parents who are facing a dental emergency. First of all, don't panic and get to your dentist as soon as possible. I hope this blog will help to answer your questions about dental emergencies.