A dazzling smile can go a long way, so when one or more of your teeth are missing, it's normal to want to replace them. Dentures are a popular type of false teeth, as they provide a natural look. If you're considering them, here are some common mistakes you need to avoid.
Not Brushing as Usual
False teeth aren't susceptible to cavities in the same way that natural ones are. However, brushing your teeth is about much more than cavity prevention. Each time you brush, you stimulate blood flow to your gums. As such, failing to brush your dentures means you could increase your risk of gum disease. Blood flow is essential for removing toxins and delivering oxygen to gum tissue, so make sure you keep up with your usual routine. To protect your false teeth, use a specialist denture brush and avoid normal toothpaste.
Not Using the Right Cleaning Agents
Cleaning agents such as bleach can damage the pink part of your false teeth. Additionally, non-approved cleaning solutions may weaken the material, which could result in them warping and causing abrasions in your mouth. If your dentist recommends a particular type of cleaning agent, make sure you use it. Failing to clean them could mean that you experience bacterial overgrowth in your mouth. Make sure you schedule a cleaning time each day, just like when you brush your teeth.
Not Using the Correct Storage Techniques
Your false teeth benefit from materials that are robust enough to support activities such as eating. At the same time, they're delicate enough to chip if you don't store them correctly. It may feel tempting to get into the habit of leaving your teeth on your nightstand. However, you'll run the risk of knocking them and causing damage. Additionally, teeth that aren't in their correct casing may attract bacteria. Such bacteria could cause oral health issues.
Not Seeing Your Dentist for a Refit
There are lots of reasons why your dentures may no longer fit. This can happen when the soft tissues in your mouth change, or when you lose another tooth. Sometimes false teeth warp, especially when you expose them to hot liquids. If you start to notice that yours no longer feel comfortable, see your dentist for a refit. By making sure they fit properly, you'll reduce your risk of abrasions and make activities such as eating and speaking more comfortable.
Finally, if you have any questions when it comes to dentures, always turn to a dentist for advice.