How are complete dentures beneficial?
Dentures help stabilize the mouth and enhance the facial appearance. After a patient has been without teeth for a significant period of time, the gum tissue and underlying jawbone reduce in size, causing the lips to collapse. Dentures provide support to the facial muscles and reduce the appearance of a sunken-in mouth.
How do I maintain good denture health?
It is important to not only clean your dentures but to also maintain a daily oral hygiene routine with your entire mouth. Use a tongue scraper or toothbrush to remove bacteria from your tongue. Brush the sides of your cheeks and gums with care. Dr. Gross may recommend a cleaning solution for overnight soaking of your dentures. It is important to remove your dentures at night so that your gums and surrounding teeth can rest. This will help your gums stay healthy and hold your dentures firmly in place. Handle your dentures carefully and do not place them on a hard surface or drop them. A toothbrush or a special brush is necessary to clean any debris from your prosthetic. Soft-bristled brushes and gentle brushing will ensure that the dentures are not damaged. Always keep your dentures wet in lukewarm water when they are not in your mouth.