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Care and storage of dentures

 CARE FOR YOUR DENTURES:                               Caring for dentures do equally play an important role, as caring for natural teeth. With proper care and regular (once in every six months) dental checkups, dentures will be a healthy,functional and also be a natural part of  life...    Dental plaque can form on dentures too, just like natural teeth and If they're not removed every day, dentures may look dull and may harbor many bacteria.  
  •  Cleanse  the dentures with a denture brush and soak them in a cleanser solution daily before going to sleep to avoid odor and to prevent dryness to the denture which might cause the denture to change color. (Conventional toothpaste and soaps  are not designed for denture cleaning  and could, in some cases, cause damage).
  • Rinse dentures thoroughly with water to remove any loose food particles after every meal.
  • Scratched dentures will harbor unsightly plaque bacteria, causing denture odor. Harsh products like bleach may even turn the pink parts of your dentures white.
  • Moisten a denture brush (not a soft-bristle toothbrush) to clean all surfaces of your denture gently. Brushing too hard can damage any plastic or metal parts.
  • Brush your remaining natural teeth with a fluoride toothpaste before reinserting your dentures. This will help remove plaque from your teeth and helps to maintain good oral health.
  • It is important to clean a denture on top of a sink pooled with water or thick towel to prevent breakage due to slippage.
  • It is important to immerse the denture in a closed container of normal temperature water when not in use and at night times. Placing the denture in a closed container is to avoid dirt or any crawling insects from damaging your denture.
  • Denture is not as strong as our own teeth. Biting on very hard food could lead the teeth to get fractured. Examples of hard food are sugar cane, ice cubes, some type of nuts and raw fruits.It is better to cut hard food into small pieces and bite with your back teeth.
    REMOVING YOUR DENTURES: Remove your top denture by placing your thumb against your front teeth and press upward and      outward toward your nose.·            
Remove your lower denture by slowly pulling  it while applying a rocking motion.
                          Even with the best care, natural changes in your mouth may make it necessary to have your dentures remade after a number of years. The bony ridge that your dentures rests on, shrinks over time. Dentures should be refitted every few years by relining or rebasing, and new dentures should be made every five to 10 years,failing to do so may cause muscle pain.Having a denture is to allow you to eat, speak and look better. It is important to make sure it does not cause unwanted problems besides what it is meant to do for you. 

Doctor Dr. Kanimozhi Kulasekaran, 2012112920:53:15



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