Tips for Alleviating Long-Term Denture Challenges
Most complications to wearing dentures are only temporary as you become adjusted to your new teeth. Some side effects are recurring but fortunately there are ways to alleviate denture difficulties. Special care can be taken to avoid problems with your dentures. Check out the tips below to see how you can ease into daily life with dentures.
1. Denture adhesives can be your new best friend. People with dentures often report having extra difficulties with stabilizing lower dentures. Lower dentures do not naturally have the same suction that upper dentures have and tend to come loose more frequently. Denture adhesives are an effective solution for loose dentures and can be used on both upper and lower dentures. Adhesives such as Effergrip® Denture Adhesive are zinc free and provide a great option for ensuring dentures don’t slip. With denture adhesives you can smile and laugh with confidence.
2. Dentures may seem like they take care of themselves but they actually require some maintenance to keep in good condition. Your mouth naturally has beneficial bacteria in it. These good bacteria work hard to fight off problem bacteria that can cause oral health complications. Unfortunately, dentures don’t have the ability to defend against germs and bacteria can easily reproduce. This means it is up to you to properly care for and clean your dentures in order to protect your mouth from disease and other complications.
3. Avoid embarrassing bad breath with proper cleaning of dentures. Bad breath is another indication of under-sanitized dentures. Brushing and rinsing isn’t usually enough when it comes to dentures. It is best to couple those cleaning methods with an overnight soak in a denture cleanser. Efferdent® Denture Cleanser kills 99.9% of germs and helps to avoid bad breath or other more serious complications that can occur when dentures aren’t properly cleaned.
4. Rinse with salt water to ease sore spots. Sore spots can occasionally occur for denture wearers, especially when dentures are new or have been readjusted. Rinsing with salt water helps to heal sore spots and using a denture adhesive helps minimize movement of dentures that can irritate sore spots further. In addition, the jaw shrinks as you get older and every few years relines and recreations of dentures are necessary to avoid pain caused by ill-fitting dentures.
Dentures take getting used to and even long term denture wearers run into problems and complications with their dentures. Using the tips above will help you live harmoniously with your dentures but if severe irritation or pain occurs over prolonged periods of time be sure to contact your dental professional. It is also easy to forget that regular dental appointments are also important for upkeep on your dentures. There is a lot you can do to take care of them but your dentist is an expert and can advise you as to what is best for you and your oral health.