Denture Exams, Maintenance, & Care
Your dentures are an investment and require care and attention to maintain their optimum performance. The fit of your dentures will have a profound affect on your oral tissues and health. Regular examinations every 6-12 months by Dr. Dina can assist in detecting oral abnormalities including cancerous and pre-cancerous lesions, and help ensure your denture is functioning properly. A panoramic film should also be taken every 5-7 years to check the quality and quantity of bone, as well as checking for abnormalities or pathology that is not detectable with the oral exam. Early detection of these conditions is beneficial for you and for treatment!
Additionally, updating your medical and dental history with any significant changes is critical to maintaining your oral health and overall well-being. A variety of medical and dental conditions can affect the fit and wearability of a denture.
- Only your dental professional is qualified to diagnose your oral health and adjust your denture or partial.
- Dentures should be brushed inside and outside daily with a soft, large nylon denture tooth brush with round-ended bristles.
- Use denture creams instead of toothpastes, which are too abrasive and will scratch your denture. Rinse with cold water.
- Inspect your denture regularly for worn teeth.
- Worn and stained dentures can make you look older and cause your dentures to function poorly.
- Be sure to visit Dr. Dina regularly. Denture wearers still need to be seen for an exam every 6-12 months.
- Have loose dentures checked immediately as they can cause friction and pressure on the gum tissues and bones.
- DO NOT leave your dentures at a hotel or let your dog turn them into a toy. We can’t tell you how many times we hear this!