Avoid These 5 Bad Habits with Dentures
When you wear dentures, you may not be concerned about cavities any longer, but you can’t neglect your oral health. When you first got your dentures, you probably followed your denturist’s advice religiously. After dentures become routine, it’s easy to slip into bad habits. Here’s a gentle reminder from Baker Lanoue Denture Clinic of some bad habits that you should stop to prevent damaging your dentures.
1. Nail Biting
It’s bad to bite your nails with your natural teeth. The materials your dentures are made of aren’t as strong as enamel, making it easier to damage your dentures if you continue to bite your nails when you wear dentures. It can chip your complete or partial dentures. Try harder to stop biting your nails and protect your smile.
2. Gum Chewing
Even sugar-free gum sticks to your dentures, making it possible to dislodge an upper or lower denture when speaking. We recommend that you avoid chewing gum that is labeled ‘safe for dentures’, too. If you need a refreshing pick me up after a meal, stick to sugar-free soft mints that you can suck or use a bit of mouthwash.
3. Sleeping in Your Dentures
You shouldn’t wear your dentures 24/7. Most of us clench or even grind our teeth during the night which can wear dentures out faster. It takes pressure to hold your dentures in place. Your gums need a rest from your dentures. Keep up with your denture routine and take your dentures out every night.
4. Not Wearing Your Dentures Everyday
Although you shouldn’t wear your dentures all the time, you should still put them in every day. If you leave them on your bathroom counter, they will dry out. When dentures dry out, they warp or crack. Develop the habit of wearing your dentures daily.
5. Not Cleaning Your Dentures
You may not need to brush and floss daily, but you can’t just toss your dentures into a glass of water and hope for the best. Your dentures need a daily cleaning, done right. This extends the life of your dentures and your smile. Regular cleaning with denture specific cleaning tools will keep your dentures smelling and looking their best. Remember not to use hot water when cleaning your dentures. Use a denture-approved toothbrush to scrub your dentures to remove all the food particles.
Visit Baker Lanoue Denture Clinic for Professional Denture Services
Your dentures will last longer with good care, but you may still need to make repairs or get your dentures adjusted over time. Make an appointment with a denturist at Baker Lanoue Denture Clinic for a consultation to find a wide range of denture services that will keep your dentures fitting well for a healthy, happy smile.
If you live in Windsor or the surrounding area, please call 519-252-7772 to book your appointment or request a consultation online.