It can be difficult to eat and speak properly when you have lost several teeth, which is why your dentist may recommend partial dentures. Dentures are false teeth that you can remove. These replacement teeth can help you restore your smile, both for the sake of aesthetics and comfort.
It is important for patients to know how to properly take care of new partial dentures. The following tips can come in handy when a dentist has recommended partial dentures to replace the missing teeth.
Do not let dentures become dry
When not wearing the new partial denture, the patient should place it in a glass of water or denture cleanser solution. Dentures are similar to natural teeth in that they should be kept wet, so fracturing is less likely. If dentures dry out, then they are more prone to cracking and warping.
Brush the dentures twice a day
Patients should treat the partial dentures the same way natural teeth are treated. This means the patient should clean the dentures at least twice a day. This can help prevent plaque from building up on the surface of the artificial teeth. Bacteria can gather on the dentures and give the patient a foul-smelling breath.
This is one of the reasons it is important to maintain a good oral hygiene routine. Once the patient has brushed the dentures, dentists also recommend rinsing them thoroughly. This will get rid of any leftover food particles that could stain the partial denture.
Patients should also remember to brush the gums because even without teeth, people are susceptible to gum disease. After brushing the dentures, patients should also take time to gently brush their gums. A soft-bristled toothbrush can stimulate the gums and make sure to keep them healthy. It also removes plaque, food buildup and bacteria.
Practice speaking with the dentures in
Dentures can sometimes cause patients to lisp. It will take some time for a patient to learn to speak properly with this new appliance in the mouth. Patients are encouraged to read out loud, speak in front of a mirror and practice with a partner. Practicing words that are hard to pronounce can help. The more practice a patient has, the sooner the lisp will go away.
Know how to fix slipping dentures
A patient’s dentures can slip from abrupt movements. This can include laughing, smiling or sneezing. When a patient’s partial dentures slip, they can bite down gently and swallow. This trick is effective when a patient is in public because of how subtle the correction is. If the dentures continue to slip on a regular basis, dentists recommend making an appointment to come in for adjustments.
Talk to a dentist about partial dentures
If you have several teeth missing, it may be time to speak to a dentist about partial dentures. You can restore your smile, learn to speak properly and have an easier time eating. For more tips on how to live with your new dentures, you can ask your dentist for advice.
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