Traditional dentures are composed of acrylic. This material makes the dentures hard and stiff when they are placed in your mouth. For many people, this feeling can be difficult to get used to. Therefore, your dentist may recommend getting flexible dentures. They are created through a molding process that allows them to become flexible yet maintain their durability. Flexible dentures often fit the natural shape and look of your mouth a lot better than traditional dentures do. While flexible dentures can last for years, they still need to be maintained. Poor maintenance can cause your flexible dentures to break or fracture early on. Fortunately, there are a few tips that you can use to help prolong the lifespan of your flexible dentures.
Remove Food Debris from Your Dentures After Each Meal
The simplest and easiest way to cause damage to your dentures is through bacteria buildup. Bacteria buildup often forms in denture wearers who avoid cleaning their dentures regularly. When you use your dentures to eat, food debris accumulates around your dentures and underneath the dental device. If the food debris is not removed quickly, then it will turn into bacteria and plaque. This buildup will not only damage your flexible dentures, but it can result in an infection in the remaining teeth in your mouth. Therefore, after you have finished your meals, remove your dentures and run them under warm water. Use your hand to make sure that the entire denture is free of contaminants before placing the denture back into your mouth.
Do Not Use a Toothbrush to Clean Your Flexible Dentures
Flexible dentures give the illusion of natural and traditional teeth; therefore, it is easy to treat them exactly as you would your normal teeth. This includes using a toothbrush to clean them after eating or before bed. However, you should avoid doing this, as a toothbrush can create scratches on the surface of your flexible dentures. While scratches are not as dangerous as having bacteria buildup in your dentures, they can ruin the aesthetic look of your flexible dentures. It is difficult to repair flexible dentures that have been damaged by scratches without taking them to a dentist. Therefore, if you want to ensure that your dentures remain clean, you can use warm salt water and a clean cloth to wipe down your dentures after meals.
Flexible dentures can transform the way that you smile and eat. Therefore, use these tips to ensure that your dentures remain in good condition for as long as possible.
Talk to a cosmetic dentist in your area for more information about flexible denture and whether they are right for you.