Whether you have your natural teeth or replacement teeth, it is important to keep your oral environment clean to avoid problems such as gum disease, bone loss, and bad breath. If you have dentures, you will maintain the standard dental care instructions you have heard all of your life, in addition to thoroughly cleaning your denture prosthetic.
At Texas Denture Clinic and Implant Center, Dr. Clark Damon and Dr. Kari Blankenship offer various types of dentures to replace missing teeth. We also instruct patients on dentures aftercare so our Amarillo, TX patients can prolong the lifespan of their appliance and keep their mouth in good health.
If you have any natural teeth remaining in your mouth, make sure to brush them at least twice a day. This will prevent dental problems such as cavities and root canal infections, which can result in further tooth loss.
If you have implant-supported dentures that aren’t removable, you will also need to brush the artificial teeth twice a day to remove food debris and prevent stains.
You should also floss any remaining teeth to remove plaque that builds up between the teeth and in the gum line. Floss once a day, wrapping the floss around the side of each tooth, and bringing it down as far along the gum line as you can.
Next, you should be sure to clean all of the soft tissues of the mouth. While brushing, be sure to gently brush the gums, tongue, and all other soft tissues that you can access with your toothbrush. You can also use a tongue scraper to remove built up food remnants on the tongue.
An antibacterial mouthwash can reduce odor-causing bacteria within the mouth. After completing your oral care routine, swish mouthwash around your mouth for 30 seconds to further eliminate dental bacteria.
In addition to keeping your oral environment as clean and plaque-free as possible, you also need to clean your denture appliance at least once a day. Here are some tips:
You can prolong the lifespan of your dentures with proper aftercare. To schedule your dentures consultation, contact Texas Denture Clinic and Implant Center today.