New den­tures

Central Otago Mirror - - PROFILE -

Get­ting den­tures can be a daunt­ing ex­pe­ri­ence but it’s not one that has to stay that way. By hav­ing all the facts and in­for­ma­tion you can un­der­stand how den­tures work and how you should look af­ter them and your mouth. The first step is to treat them as you would an ex­pen­sive china col­lec­tion. Drop­ping them could cause break­ages and with costly re­pairs, you are bet­ter off to avoid putting them in a sit­u­a­tion where they could be dam­aged. When you are clean­ing them, hold them over a soft towel or a full sink of wa­ter as you wash them. Han­dle them gen­tly and al­ways have a firm grip on them. Se­condly, as you would with your nat­u­ral teeth, your den­tures need to be brushed daily to re­move food and plaque. A soft bris­tled brush de­signed for den­tures should be used in­stead. Avoid us­ing a hard bris­tled tooth­brush as this can dam­age the den­ture pieces such as the plas­tic or at­tach­ments. Brush gen­tly over the sur­face and rinse af­ter ev­ery meal. When it comes to tak­ing them out for the night, how you store them is the para­mount to their longevity. Den­tures need to re­main moist so their shape does not dis­tort or they don’t try out. By pur­chas­ing a den­ture soak­ing so­lu­tion or putting them in wa­ter, you can en­sure they will re­main at their very best. How­ever, if your den­tures have me­tal at­tach­ments, so­lu­tion may dis­colour them. Con­tact your den­tist for tips on how to cor­rectly store your den­tures. The main step to en­sur­ing your den­tures re­main in tip-top shape is by vis­it­ing the den­tist reg­u­larly and never at­tempt to fix or al­ter your den­tures your­self. Some­times den­tures aren’t fit­ted cor­rectly which can cause oral sores and gum ir­ri­ta­tion. If your den­tures have cracks, chips or if any of the teeth be­come loose, visit your oral care provider as soon as pos­si­ble.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from New Zealand

© PressReader. All rights reserved.