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Oct30

Denture Care

Those of us who have dentures know that they are one of the most important things we wear and use everyday.  As with everything in life, wear and tear can take its toll and eventually, your dentures will need to be replaced. However, there are little things you can do everyday to ensure that you get maximum use out of your dentures.

It is important to note that dentures are not real teeth, they are plastic and as such need to be cleaned differently.  Using toothpaste on dentures can cause excessive wear and tear.  Instead, consider using liquid soap and a soft toothbrush to clean your dentures over a sink half filled with water.  This ensures that if the dentures fall into the sink they won’t break.

Denture cleaners such as Sterident are also useful, just follow the instructions on the packet. Full upper dentures should be soaked once a month in a 1:10 mix of bleach and water for 1 hour to prevent fungal growth which can cause thrush of the mouth.

Ideally dentures should only be worn during the day and left out at night so your gums and skin can breath. To keep them moist, you can place them in a glass of water overnight.

On average dentures should last between 5-10 years after which they will need to be replaced. Usually this is because of damage, wear or if they will no longer stay in place due to changes in your mouth. If your denture replaces your front teeth, you may want to consider a replacement pair before they become unwearable. None of us want to be caught without our teeth!

At Fernvale Dental we are always happy to talk to you about and what is involved in getting your first set of dentures, replacement dentures or denture maintenance.

Dr Yastira Lalla

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