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Caring for Your Gums and Oral Health with Dentures: A Guide to a Healthy Smile

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Dentures offer a fantastic solution for replacing missing teeth and restoring your smile. But just like natural teeth, dentures require proper care to maintain good oral health and gum health. In this guide, we’ll explore essential tips for keeping your gums and mouth healthy while wearing dentures.

Gentle Cleaning is Key

  • Daily Denture Brushing:  Brush your dentures daily, just like you would your natural teeth. Use a soft-bristled brush specifically designed for dentures to avoid scratches. Never use toothpaste on dentures as it can scratch the teeth.  Denture cleansers are not a substitute for brushing.
  • Thorough Gum Care: Brush your gums gently with a soft toothbrush or a damp washcloth. This stimulates blood circulation and helps maintain gum health.
  • Soaking Solutions: For cleaning,soak your dentures in a denture cleanser, we recommend Renew Denture Cleanser, which is a professional grade cleaner that can be purchased at our office. Whenever dentures aren’t in your mouth, keep in clean water, this prevents them from drying out and warping. Avoid harsh soaps or hot water, which can damage the dentures.

Give Your Gums a Break

  • Nightly Removal:  Take your dentures out at night for at least 6-8 hours. This allows your gums to rest and reduces irritation from constant pressure.
  • Soothe and Massage: While your dentures are out, rinse your mouth with warm salt water or a gentle alcohol free mouthwash. You can also gently massage your gums with your fingers to improve circulation.

Maintain a Healthy Diet

  • Nutrient Rich Choices:  A balanced diet rich in fruits, vegetables, and calcium is crucial for overall oral health, including gum health.
  • Mind Your Bites: Opt for softer foods that are easier to chew. Avoid tough, chewy, or sticky foods that can put extra stress on your gums and dentures.

Regular Dental Checkups

  • Schedule Appointments:  Don’t neglect your dental checkups just because you wear dentures. Regular visits allow your Denturist to assess your oral health, ensure your dentures fit properly, and make adjustments as needed.
  • Early Intervention:  Regular checkups also enable early detection of any potential issues with your gums or dentures. Addressing problems promptly prevents them from becoming more serious.

Additional Tips for Denture Wearers

  • Handle with Care: Always handle your dentures with care to avoid accidental drops or breakage.
  • Practice Makes Perfect: Adjusting to dentures takes time and practice. Be patient with yourself, and don’t hesitate to consult your Denturist for any concerns.

By following these simple tips, you can ensure your gums and mouth stay healthy while enjoying the benefits of your dentures. Remember, a healthy smile is a confident smile!

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Equilibrated Complete Dentures, also called “Balanced Dentures”, are a coordinated system of products, instruments and set-up techniques that capture excellent esthetics as well as provide for precision fit with excellent function. The Equilibrated Denture technique was systematically designed to create dentures with ideal form, function and esthetics. It combines proven techniques, technology, and uses the most accurate materials available resulting in:

  • Superior chewing ability.
  • Ultimate fit and comfort.
  • A life-like appearance.
  • Improved Stability.
  • Freedom of movement.
  • Fewer adjustments which means fewer visits to the clinic.

From preliminary impressions through to the finished dentures, specialized procedures, materials and equipment are used to ensure a precise fit to simulate correct jaw movement and function. If you are looking for a denture that is remarkably natural, esthetic in appearance, and functions more like natural teeth, an Equilibrated Denture may be the answer.