For some patients, dentures are the best way to replace missing or damaged teeth. They restore
their smiles and no one will know they do not have their natural teeth. Patients can count on
Vanguard Dental for beautiful dentures that they will be proud to wear. Dentures can be used to
replace part of an arch of teeth, the whole arch, or even both arches.
One thing dentures have in common with your natural teeth is the continued need to perform proper oral hygiene. Patients who have partials, or only one arch replaced, know they still need to care for their remaining teeth by brushing them twice a day and flossing at least once daily. However, they may not be aware of the care their dentures and gums need.
When it comes to caring for your dentures, you should remove them and rinse them after every meal. This prevents food particles from getting under them and causing a sore on your gums. The use of a soft brush to clean the insides of your cheeks, gums, and tongue will remove plaque and bacteria; they are the leading causes of bad breath, and can result in other oral health issues.
It is important to brush your dentures thoroughly at least once a day. This removes the plaque that accumulates, preventing the buildup of tartar. When cleaning your dentures, avoid products that can scratch the surface, two of the most common are regular toothpaste (denture paste is OK) and a toothbrush that is too stiff. If you have implant-supported dentures, clean carefully around the implants to prevent the buildup of plaque, this helps to keep the surrounding tissue healthy.
Patients who receive full dentures for both their upper and lower arches are often surprised that they need to see Dr. Kanorwalla for regular checkups. During this appointment, they will receive an oral exam; this is to ensure the health of their gums and other soft tissue. One of the most important parts of this appointment is to ensure that their dentures still fit properly. If there are issues with the fit, Dr. Kanorwalla will discuss your options with them.
This is a good opportunity for Springfield patients who have been considering implant supported dentures to discuss this option with Dr. Kanorwalla. Not only do they stabilize the dentures eliminating the need for gooey denture adhesives but they also prevent bone loss in the jaw.
If you have dentures and need them replaced, or are due for a checkup call Vanguard Dental today at (413) 543-2555 and schedule your appointment.
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