It's important to be well-informed about how dentures work and what happens to them over time. Herein lies the fact that your jaw is going to gradually change shape as the dentures start wearing it down beginning with the first pair you put in your mouth.
With this in mind, you'll want to replace your dentures every 5 – 10 years. There are some things you can do to help make your dentures last longer.
Treat Your Dentures Well
Dentures are designed in a way that allows them to stand up to your eating and talking. However, what they're not meant to stand up to is you dropping them on a hard surface. This is why it's so important for you to handle and clean them properly if you want them to be able to last for a long time.
We will give you tips and suggestions for cleaning, the type of cleaner you should use, and how to watch for build-up of stains and plaque. We also strongly suggest that you don't wear them while you're sleeping, but instead keep them in water overnight.
Maintain a Healthy, Clean Mouth
While cleaning your dentures is important, it's also important that you maintain good oral hygiene while wearing dentures. This means that you want to make sure that bacteria don't build up on your gums.
You'll also want to regularly brush and floss any remaining teeth you have in your mouth. By spending a few minutes twice daily doing these things you're also helping your dentures stay cleaner, which means they'll have a better chance of withstanding any regular wear and tear you place on them.
Another important thing you should do here is visiting our office on a routine basis. Together we'll work to keep your dentures in great shape, so give us a call and schedule an appointment today.