​Monthly Tips From Your Dentist: Preventing Denture Illnesses

​Monthly Tips From Your Dentist: Preventing Denture Illnesses

​Monthly Tips From Your Dentist: Preventing Denture Illnesses

Dentures can be a difficult tool to maintain. They are an incredible resource, giving people the ability to regain their food choices and freedom to bite into the hardest of confectionery goodies. Not to mention what it does for their appearance, turning an empty smile into a full, bright one.

What people fail to realize is that improper care for dentures can lead to serious risks down the line. That means it is crucial to learn the steps to maintaining your set from the very first day. Here are some things you should know.

Denture Caused Illnesses

There are some serious complications that can come from denture related illnesses:

  • Gum infection
  • Periodontal disease
  • Pneumonia
  • MRSA
  • Respiratory infection
  • Halitosis

Every one of these have been shown to be potentially caused by bacteria building up between and on the dentures, growing and strengthening in the mouth of the user. The temperature, moisture and funneling of food through the mouth make it a unique breeding ground for bacterial problems to occur.

In older people or those with suppressed immune systems, these above conditions are very fatal. For healthy individuals they can still be painful, dangerous and very difficult to recover from.

Preventing Denture Illnesses

Don’t worry, you don’t have to go out of your way to prevent these diseases or complications. Proper care and oral health will go a long way to reducing your risks for most and eliminating the risk of others.

  • Use a good denture glue. The looser your dentures are, the more food and bacteria can get between them and your gums. A good adhesive will press them more firmly to the gums and seal it to keep anything from slithering under your set.
  • Take out your dentures every night. Never sleep with your dentures. Even with a good glue, there will still be some spaces. Bacteria will fester overnight and begin to weaken the gums.
  • Use a good cleaner. Some people will just put their dentures in water at night. You should actually be soaking them in a specialized nighttime cleaner made for the task.
  • Brush after eating. If you can take them out and clean them after meals, that is even better.
  • Clean off all cleaners before insertion, including overnight soaking cleaner.
  • Brush your gums and use an antibacterial mouthwash.
  • Never use a whitening toothpaste. Bleach and other harsh chemicals can brush away the outer layer. There are toothpastes that have either been made for dentures, or they have been rated to be safe for them.

With the proper care you will never have to worry about denture related illnesses. Find out more at Billings Denture Clinic.

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