Nearly 45% of Arizonans 18 and older have had permanent teeth extracted – and 13% of Arizonans 65 and older have had all of their teeth extracted. Fortunately, there are many options for replacing lost teeth, whether it’s a few, or all. However, even if the teeth are artificial, they still need some TLC.
Here are a few tips for denture wearers:
- Cleaning: Full and partial dentures should be removed and cleaned every day. It’s best to use a brush and cleanser that are specifically designed for cleaning dentures, not your regular toothpaste. You should also avoid cleansers that are too harsh or abrasive. If you have a partial denture, remove it before brushing your natural teeth. Don’t clean or sterilize any denture in boiling water – it could result in damage to the device.
- Storage: When not wearing dentures, keep them in a safe place, out of reach of curious children and playful pets. Soak them in a cleansing solution or water.
Whether you have a partial denture, a full set of dentures, a bridge, or implants, continue to see your dentist regularly. He or she can make sure that everything continues to fit comfortably and properly.