Having a set of dentures that fit poorly can lead to dental issues. Not only are poor-fitting dentures a cause for frustration, but they can also damage your remaining teeth and gums over time. On top of this, ill-fitting dentures can open you to infection and increase general discomfort in your mouth. On the other hand, a well-fitting pair of dentures can help preserve your jaw structure, and ill-fitting dentures can lead to bone loss and a host of other problems. Let’s look at signs that your dentures need replacing and some general tips on caring for dentures.
Signs of Ill-Fitting Dentures
If you need to use dental adhesive more than once daily, you may have ill-fitting dentures. Dentures that refuse to stay in place or shift around, especially when eating, are likely misshapen and need repair or total replacement. In addition, if you are dealing with mouth ulcers, gum irritation, and other more severe infections, you most likely need a new set of dentures.
If your dentures are not cleaned properly, they can grow bacteria and plaque, just like natural teeth. However, if you clean your dentures in hot or boiling water, they can warp, leaving you open to discomfort. If you avoid your dentures entirely or cannot wait to remove them at the end of the day, this may be a sign of ill-fitting dentures.
Your dentures should be comfortable to wear and use and should not cause gum irritation or annoyance throughout the day. If you are suffering from ill-fitting dentures, call your dental team as soon as possible so they can help get you a pair of dentures that work right for you.
How to Care for Dentures
While dentures can still accumulate plaque and tartar like your natural teeth, caring for your dentures is a little different than standard oral hygiene. First, your dentures should be stored overnight in a glass of water with a denture solution. This prevents them from drying out, cracking, or losing their shape. Then, in most cases, you should rinse your dentures before placing them in a denture-approved cleaning solution.
Remember, dentures should not be cleaned while in your mouth, as the cleansers are meant to be used specifically with dentures. If you do not have a denture-cleaning solution, you can clean your dentures with toothpaste and a soft-bristle brush. However, never use bleach or other household cleaners on your dentures, as this can also damage your health.
One of the perks of removable dentures is cleaning food particles from the dentures entirely without working around your remaining teeth. Be sure to properly clean your dentures every evening, as this can prolong the life of your dentures and prevent oral health issues, including infections.
If you have questions about denture care or are suffering from ill-fitting dentures, call our office at (713) 668-1600. At Bright Value Dental, we work alongside our patients to provide the most comfortable, convenient, top-of-the-line dental care. Our goal is to keep your oral health in top condition. Call us today if you want to schedule an appointment or have general questions.