Wearing dentures takes some getting used to. Even if your false teeth are a perfect fit from the first day you receive them, initially it is going to feel a little weird sticking something into your mouth daily that allows you to eat, drink, speak and smile normally.
The feeling will go away once you get into the routine of inserting your dentures each morning, removing them for regular cleanings and soaking them overnight in a solution on your nightstand. Once the muscles in your mouth and tongue become accustomed to them, you’ll sometimes forget you are wearing dentures.
It doesn’t matter if you wear full or partial dentures, you must take care of them in order for your false teeth to last you a long time. Part of the care program you should adopt at home will require a section on how to keep healthy gums with dentures. It isn’t very hard once you know what is required and in this article we will outline that for you.
How To Keep Healthy Gums With Dentures
When you wear dentures, there are two main health issues that you must work to prevent developing in your mouth. They are called gum disease and stomatitis. By practicing good oral and dental hygiene, including cleaning and brushing regularly, you can reduce the risk of these issues coming up.
Gum Disease, also known as gingivitis, develops when a build up of plaque occurs along and under the gum line. With this excess amount of plaque, it can cause gums to become tender and bleed. This can result in infections.
Stomatitis, also known as candida and thrush, is an infection created by yeast and/or fungus. It can develop in the mouths of denture wearers and turn into an infection. If you have red sores under your dentures or at the corners of your mouth, you could have stomatitis. If left unchecked, it can impact the way your dentures fit in your mouth which can affect eating, speaking and other functions related to false teeth.
How To Prevent Gum Health Problems
The good news is that by being proactive, you can reduce the risk of developing any of these problems and keeping healthy gums with dentures. Here is a list of things to prevent health issues…
Be sure to eat a nutritious, well-balanced diet each day. This with help to keep both your mouth and body healthy.
To help keep your gums clean, rinse your mouth with lukewarm salt water once a day.
You shouldn’t wear your dentures while sleeping and this is a good time to give your mouth a rest. Each night, leave your false teeth in a denture cleaning solution to soak overnight. The break you give your mouth each night will keep it healthy and fresh.
After you have removed your false teeth, use a soft-bristled brush and clean your tongue, gums, roof of your mouth and cheeks gently. Do this once a day and it will help to remove plaque and increase circulation in the soft tissue in your mouth.
If you encounter any type of mouth problem, see your dentist right away and plan on regular check-ups to occur every six months.
If you are a smoker, the growth of yeast in your mouth can be related to this habit. With stomatitis, you risk developing infections in your mouth. The easy way to avoid this is to stop smoking.
You can have healthy gums with dentures if you take the right precautions. Typically, they come from how you take care of both your oral and dental hygiene. Poor hygiene will be an open door to all kinds of problems.
However, if you follow the suggestions noted above, you will have a much better chance at beating an infection long before it can develop.