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Denture care and tips by dentalplaza.co.uk

People wear dentures to replace lost or missing teeth so they can enjoy a healthy diet and smile with confidence. Dentures are made of either acrylic (plastic) or metal.A ‘complete' or ‘full' denture is one which replaces all the natural teeth in either the upper or lower jaw. Dentures are removable false teeth made of acrylic (plastic) or metal. They fit snugly over the gums to replace missing teeth and eliminate potential problems caused by gaps. 

 

 
Proper denture care is important for both the health of your dentures and mouth. Here are some tips:
 
To clean your denture, the general rule is: brush, soak, brush. Brush your dentures before soaking, to help remove any bits of food. Using an effervescent (fizzy) denture cleaner will help remove stubborn stains and leave your denture feeling fresher - always follow the manufacturer's instructions. Then brush the dentures again, as you would your own teeth, being careful not to scrub too hard as this may cause grooves in the surface. 
 
 
Most dentists advise using toothpaste and a small- to medium-headed toothbrush. Make sure you clean all the surfaces of the dentures, including the surface which touches your gums. This is especially important if you use any kind of denture fixative.
 
Treat dentures right. Fill the sink with water or place a folded towel in it when handling your dentures, so you don’t break them if they should fall into the sink. When you aren’t wearing your dentures, let them soak in cool water or a denture cleaning solution to keep them from drying out. Be careful of cleaning solutions if your dentures have mental attachments—the solutions could cause the metal to tarnish. And don’t soak dentures in hot water—they could warp.
 
Eating with dentures
When you first start wearing dentures you should eat soft foods cut into small pieces and chew slowly using both sides of your mouth.
Avoid chewing gum and any food that is sticky, hard or sharp-edged.
You can gradually start to eat other types of food until you are back to your old diet. Never use toothpicks.
 
Denture adhesive
You should not need to use denture fixative (adhesive) if the dentures fit properly. However, if your jawbone has shrunk a lot, adhesive may be the only way to help retain them. Your dentist or clinical dental technician will advise you if this is the case.
Some people feel more confident with their dentures if they use adhesive, at least at first. Follow the manufacturer's instructions and try not to use excessive amounts.
 
 
If poorly fitting or worn dentures are not replaced, they can cause great discomfort and lead to mouth sores, infections or problems with eating and speech.If you have dentures, your dentist or prosthodontist will advise you about how often to visit, but every six months should be the norm. 
 
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