It takes time to get used to your first set of partial dentures. You will find yourself mispronouncing words and your mouth will often feel too full for food. However, while they may seem like a poor substitute for your own teeth, removable partial dentures actually help prevent your face from sagging around the cheeks and lips. For instance, even one missing tooth can add years to your appearance.
Dentures, just like your natural teeth, require constant care if they are to last. Take good care of them and they will give you at least 5 good years. You can take some solace in the fact that some of the earliest known dentures, created in 700BC by the Etruscans in northern Italy, were made of animal or even human teeth, and quickly deteriorated.
Follow these steps to ensure your partial dentures stand the test of time.
While cleaning your dentures, either fill the sink with water or stand over a folded towel. This will prevent any damage should you happen to accidentally drop them.
Avoid Sticky Foods
Sticky foods such as toffee are something you should avoid eating as they will dislodge your dentures. However, if you fancy a sweet treat once in a while try sugar-free gum. Not only will this help to improve saliva production, which in turn offers more protection for your teeth, it will also protect against embarrassing mishaps at the dinner table.
As you clean your dentures, remember to be gentle. Do not use toothpaste as it can wear dentures down, and use a soft-bristle denture brush with room-temperature water when cleaning them. It is also advisable to rinse dentures after every meal and soak them overnight as dentures are prone to losing their shape when dry.
Do Not Clean them with Hot Water
Stick to room-temperature water as excessive heat will eventually warp the plastic of your dentures.
Cut down on Sugar
The average Australian consumes 95.6 grams of sugar per day. That is almost 24 teaspoons, and double the amount recommended by the World Health Organisation (WHO). Try to limit your sugar consumption. However, if like most Australians you happen to have a sweet tooth opt for dark chocolate, which has been proven even more effective than fluoride at strengthening tooth enamel.
By adhering to these steps as you learn to live with your new teeth, you can help to prolong the life of your partial dentures and avoid any further and possibly costly trips to the dentist. However, if you find that despite your best efforts you require denture repair, seek out a denture clinic near you to explore your repair options.