- November 1, 2015
For as long as you’ve had dentures they’ve been a source of consistency and comfort despite missing teeth. You may have had problems with slipping and sliding once in a while but your dentures have always done what they’re supposed to. Whether you got them at Brandon Family Dental or elsewhere your dentures are an important part of your life!
But what if there’s something happening on your dentures that you can’t even see? Just like natural teeth your dentures are covered in bacteria. While most of those bacteria are harmless some can irritate your gums and even worse – can lead to serious infection! You may not even realize it but your dentures could be making you sick!
What Is At Risk
Bacteria is a normal part of life, and in your mouth it’s no exception. Bacteria breaks down food, some of it causes tooth decay, and others are just along for the ride! The difference between dentures and natural teeth is that your dentures spend a lot more time outside of your mouth! Each moment they’re out is another moment that bacteria not normally found in your mouth can latch onto your dentures and soon enough it ends up in your mouth!
The big risk for denture wearers catching bacteria-related illnesses is inhalation! That’s right – it’s incredibly easy for harmful bacteria to be inhaled right into your lungs! The two most common respiratory bacteria found on dentures are pneumonia and MRSA, a hard-to-treat staph infection! For older people with immune system complications these can be a serious health risk!
Preventing Denture Diseases
It’s essential to maintain very clean dentures to avoid these complications! Many denture wearers become very casual about the cleanliness of their dentures, which can only cause problems later in life! If you’re unsure of how to keep your dentures clean the following tips are for you! If you think you know it all you should still look these over: you may be missing a critical step!
- Whenever you eat you should rinse your dentures off. Be sure to free any food particles and also take the opportunity to rinse your mouth. This helps eliminate acids and bacteria that can irritate your gums and keeps your mouth fresh!
- Never set your dentures down on a counter or any other surface. This is one of the easiest ways to pick up harmful bacteria! If you have to set them down do so on a piece of paper towel or toilet paper.
- Be sure to thoroughly clean your dentures each evening. You should buy a special denture toothbrush that’s especially made to clean your dentures. There’s also special denture toothpaste available as well!
- Brush your gums with a standard toothbrush and toothpaste as well! Bacteria can easily become trapped in your gums and cause irritation!
- Never sleep in your dentures! This is one of the most common ways people end up with respiratory infections. If you breathe through your mouth when you sleep your risk goes up even more!
- Soak your dentures each night and use a denture soaking liquid if possible! They’re made to keep your dentures cleaner and remove bacteria as well!
Always rinse your dentures in the morning before putting them back in!
Professional Care: The Most Important Part!
You might not think you need regular dental care if you have dentures but nothing is further from the truth! It’s essential that we see you at Brandon Family Dental to ensure your mouth is healthy and your dentures are clean!
Over 60 percent of denture wearers surveyed had harmful respiratory bacteria on their dentures. By coming in to see us on a regular basis we can ensure your dentures are staying clean! We can also make adjustments to ensure a proper fit, which is one of the most important parts of denture comfort and function!
If you would prefer to be rid of dentures once and for all we can offer full mouth dental implant solutions that allow you to live life with a permanently fixed set of teeth! Call us today to find out more about this incredible treatment solution!
See Us Today!
No matter what your prefered solution it’s important that we see you soon! Your dentures need to remain clean to ensure that you stay healthy!
Make an appointment at Brandon Family Dental by calling us today at 248-469-0218! You can also make an appointment by filling out our online appointment request form. We look forward to seeing you soon!