It’s no fun to be without your teeth because you’re forced to make all types of changes in your life, from the foods you eat to the way you speak. Then there’s the loss of confidence that comes along with having an incomplete smile. But you’ve discovered a way to restore your life to normal with dentures in Sarasota. However, once you are again able to taste the sweet nectars of life with your new prosthetics, you want to make sure that they last. Thus, your dentist is weighing in to stress the importance of visiting your local professional and practicing excellent home care to increase the longevity of your dentures.
Do You Need to Visit Your Dentist While Wearing Dentures?
One misconception that must immediately be dispelled is that it’s not as important to visit your dentist for checkups when wearing prosthetics.
In reality, denture wearers should visit their dentist, at minimum, every six months for the following:
- To ensure the fit is still comfortable
- Make necessary adjustments
- Thoroughly clean the dentures
In addition, these visits offer the same benefits as any other semi-annual appointment, where your dental professional will check for such things as temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorder, oral cancer, gum disease and other possible problems.
How to Care for Your Dentures at Home
The following are tips for caring for your dentures at home:
- Using a soft-bristled brush made for dentures and non-abrasive toothpaste, clean your prosthetics at least once a day – the most important time being at night before retiring for bed.
- If you have any remaining natural teeth, be sure to clean them as well as your gums, tongue, cheeks, and the roof of your mouth while brushing your dentures.
- Always use cold water when cleaning the dentures as warm water may cause warping.
- If you’re concerned about dropping your dentures during cleaning, place a towel or other soft object down to protect them.
- Store your dentures in cold water or cleaning solution whenever you’re not wearing them.
How Long Will Your Dentures Last?
The longevity of dentures varies, but an average lifespan is 5 to 10 years. With proper care, though, yours could very well last longer. Keep the above tips in mind and work with your dentist in Sarasota, so that your beautiful new smile will be protected for years to come!
About the Author
Dr. C. Romesh Weerasooriya earned his Doctor of Dental Medicine degree from the University of Florida, College of Dentistry and has gone on to amass over two decades of experience putting smiles on patients’ faces. Not one to rest on his laurels, he has completed over 1,000 hours of continuing education in his postgraduate capacity. Specializing in TMJ and periodontal disease treatments, Dr. Weerasooriya practices at Tarpon Shores Dental and can be reached for more information through his website.