Dentures can be one of the ideal solutions to tooth loss. These days, dentures-also known as false teeth-are not the same like the ones your grandfather or grandmother wore. Today’s dentures are comfortable, natural looking and more reliable than they were a couple of decades ago. Problems, however, can occur if you do not take proper care of your dentures.
Let’s take a look at common denture problems, as well as how to treat or prevent them.
Individuals wearing dentures need to keep their mouth clean and healthy. Further, they should ensure that the dentures they wear fit properly. Failing to do so may create the following problems:
• Trouble eating and speaking
• Irritation of the gum and mouth
• Mouth infections
Treating Denture Problems
See your dentist immediately if you have problems with your dentures. Your dentures might need replaced or adjusted.
Below are some ways to treat common denture problems:
Ensure dentures fit properly. Your gums and bones will change over time, and your dentures will not fit as well as they were before. When this happens, dentures need adjusted, modification, or in some cases, replaced. Only your dentist is adept to make alterations or replacements of your dentures. Therefore, see your dentist when denture problems arise.
When you speak, speak slowly. It can be hard to say certain words when you first get dentures. During such instances, be patient and worry not. Practice uttering the difficult words aloud and speak slowly. In case your dentures move around whenever you smile or laugh, swallow or gently bite down to put them back in place. Again, visit your dentist to ensure they fit properly.
When you first get dentures, only eat soft foods. If you are having difficulty eating soft foods, try these tips:
• Take small bites
• Chew the food slowly
• Avoid eating anything that is sticky
• Use both sides of your mouth together when you chew. It prevents dentures from misaligning.
Eating will become much easier as you get used to the dentures. In due time, you should be able to eat all types of foods.
Use denture adhesive. Denture-adhesives help keep your dentures in place securely over your gum. Use only a small amount of adhesive. Also, follow the instructions carefully when using denture adhesive. Try not to use adhesives with old or poorly fitting dentures.
Infections Associated with Dentures
Some people who wear dentures may get mouth infections, such as:
• Stomatitis: – Accumulation of too much yeast in your mouth can cause stomatitis. The noticeable symptoms of stomatitis are small red bumps on the roof of your mouth and mouth inflammation, particularly under your upper dentures.
Proper denture care and medicine prescribe by your dentist can help treat stomatitis.
• Cheilitis: – This painful infection causes cracking and inflammation at the corners of your mouth. Again, yeast is responsible for this infection. Yeast accumulates in the moist areas of your mouth where dentures do not fit properly.
To prevent this infection, see your dentist regularly to ensure that your dentures fit properly.
Taking Care of Your Dentures
Along with ensuring they fit properly, it is essential to take proper care of your dentures. Below are some simple, yet helpful tips to keep your dentures working as well as looking their best.
Remove your dentures when you go to sleep. Never sleep while you are wearing your dentures. Your dentist might advise you to sleep with your dentures if you had multiple extractions, but other than that, do not sleep with your dentures.
Always handle your dentures with proper care. Dentures are fragile and can easily break. When holding the dentures, stay near a sink filled with water or at least, place a towel on the counter. This way, you can protect your dentures in case you accidentally drop them.
Clean your dentures every day. Here is how you can clean your dentures:
• Immerse your dentures overnight in a denture cleaner
• Carefully clean them in the morning before putting them in your mouth
• To clean the dentures, use a soft-bristled brush
A word of caution – do not use bleach or household cleaners on your dentures. Also, never use toothpaste that is too abrasive.
Clean your mouth every day. Prior to wearing your dentures, gently clean and massage your tongue, gums, and roof of your mouth. Make this a daily practice. It will help keep your mouth healthy.
When not wearing, store the dentures properly. When you are not wearing your dentures, store them properly in a denture-cleaning solution. Alternatively, you can also store them in warm water. Ensure that the water is warm and not hot. Hot water can damage your dentures.
Do not use toothpicks. Using toothpicks can damage your dentures over time.
Initially, it is difficult to wear dentures. It takes time to get used to dentures. Dentures can be one of the best solutions to tooth loss, but they require good care. Taking good care of dentures and seeing your dentist for regular checkups is essential. If you notice any change in the way your dentures fit or feel you have some sort of mouth problems, visit your dentist immediately.