If your dentist has recently fitted you out with your first pair of dentures, you may be slightly apprehensive about wearing them. Below are some tips which will help you adjust wearing dentures.

Clean your dentures regularly

The majority of people realise that they need to floss and brush their teeth at least twice a day. However, you may not realise that dentures require just as much attention in order to keep them clean. If you do not clean your dentures on a regular basis, bacteria will start to grow and multiply on the surface of the dentures. A build up of bacteria could result in a range of problems such as infections of the gum or bad breath.

You should use a soft-bristled toothbrush to clean your dentures. Before you go to bed, you should place your dentures in a cleaning solution. The cleaning solution will help to prevent your dentures from drying out and will also kill any bacteria which are on the surface of your dentures.

Pay attention to the way the fit of your dentures changes

The loss of teeth can result in bone resorption which causes sections of the jawbone to be reabsorbed into the body. This can cause the shape of your gums to change, and these changes may affect the fit of your dentures.

If, after a little while, you notice that your dentures do not fit as comfortably as they did when they were first fitted, you should not ignore this. You should book an appointment with your dentist. Your dentist will be able to assess any changes to your jaw bone and gums so they can adjust your dentures, so they fit once again. If you ignore ill-fitting dentures, you place yourself at risk of developing problems such as gum lacerations and mouth ulcers.

Avoid DIY denture repairs

If your dentures are damaged, you should think twice before you use a DIY denture repair kit. Repairing dentures is a skilled job. The tools and glue supplied in a DIY denture repair kit are no match for the professional tools used by a dentist. A dentist has also received years of specialist training in how to fit and repair dentures. Badly repaired dentures may rub against the inside of your mouth and cause painful sores.

If you would like further advice about caring for your dentures, you should contact a dental clinic today.