Dentures are used to replace missing teeth and restore the look and functionality of the mouth. A full denture is used when all of the teeth of the upper or lower palate are missing. Partial dentures are used when multiple teeth are missing, but the palate still contains some remaining natural teeth.
Conventional dentures are still available. However, implant-supported dentures are often preferred.
Conventional dentures are held in position by the suction of the mouth and optional dental adhesive. However, an implant-supported denture is kept in place by the connection between the denture and supporting dental implants. The stabilization provided by the dental implants holds the dentures firmly in place, reducing the chance of the dentures slipping about.
Still, regardless of the type of dentures that are used, they should be kept clean. Here are several reasons to clean your dentures.
Denture material is relatively porous. This porosity allows the appliance to absorb pigments or colorants from the foods and drinks that you ingest. Over time, as the pigments accumulate, the dentures may become increasingly discolored.
Still, the dentures are less likely to become stained if the colorants only remain on the teeth for a brief period. Thus, cleaning your dentures immediately after eating or drinking a dark-colored item can help keep your appliance white and bright.
If you are away from home and there is no denture-cleaning solution available, simply rinse your appliance with water. Cool water can help dilute the pigments and rinse them away before staining occurs. However, be sure to avoid hot water, which can warp the plastic components of your appliance.
Even if all of the teeth of your mouth are missing, your gums can still become inflamed, leading to gum disease. Dentures, like regular teeth, can become coated in plaque.
Plaque is a combination of bacteria and particles of food. The bacteria in the plaque feed on the carbohydrates in the food particles that are left in your mouth. As a part of their digestive process, the microbes release acids.
These bacterial acids cause gum inflammation to incite periodontal disease. As the gum disease worsens, the bacteria may infect the gums to cause an infection that could lead to a loss of bone tissue. As the bone of the jaw deteriorates, the gum ridge may change shape, and the fit of your dentures may suffer.
For more reasons to care for your dentures properly, schedule a consultation with a dentist like Kyle J Frisinger DMD in your local area.