Having a Healthy Mouth is Important At Any AgeIf you wear a partial or complete dentures, it is especially important to take good care of your gums and any natural teeth, and to keep your dentures clean and properly fitted.

When gums dentures and remaining teeth are not cleaned properly, you are likely to experience a build-up of plaque, a type of bacteria that collects at the gum line and can harden on teeth into deposits called calculus. Too much plaque can lead to bad breath, cavities, gum disease and further tooth loss.

If you have dentures, or  are about to get them, here’s what you need to know to keep your mouth healthy and your smile bright…

About Your Dentures

When properly fitted and cared for, dentures will enhance your appearance and can be worn with confidence as you enjoy your favorite activities. A simple, daily routine of oral care and regular visits to your oral health care professional are all that is needed to keep you on track.

It is important, however, to remember that dentures do not last forever. Even with proper cleaning and care, the average life span of dentures is only about five to seven years. The teeth and base of the dentures will eventually stain, and over time, natural changes will occur to the structure of your face and mouth that will require an adjustment to your dentures.

Like natural teeth, dentures can build up with plaque. Dentures can cause plaque to be pushed further down underneath the gum line, which may make cleaning more difficult and lead to cavities, especially on exposed root surfaces.

Wearing dentures can put extra pressure on the surrounding bone structure and gums, as well as any natural teeth that are used to support partial dentures. If these areas are not kept clean, you may experience sore, irritated gums or additional bone and tissue loss. That is why it is particularly important to see your oral health care professional regularly and follow their advice between visits.

denture

Regular Check-Ups

Your dentures and tissue should be checked every year to prevent or reduce tissue inflammation and to minimize bone or tissue loss.

If you are already a denture wearer, or about to have denture fitted for the first time, you may wish to consult with a denturist. Denturists are denture specialists who design, construct, insert and adjust dentures.

Sources : College of Dental Hygienists of Ontario