Women's oral health through life - Dentures

Posted by Info Bays Dental

 

To round out our women's oral health focus in time for Dental Health Week next month, we're back with oral care tips for dentures. But don't forget to look back at our other Women's Oral Health posts in case there were any you missed.

Oral care tips for dentures:

  • Don't let dentures dry out - place in denture cleanser soaking solution or in plain water when they're not being worn. Never use hot water, which can cause dentures to warp.
  • Brush your dentures - brushing daily will remove food and dental plague and help prevent dentures from becoming stained.
  • Take care of your mouth - brush your gums, tongue and palate every morning with a soft bristled brush before you insert dentures. This stimulates circulation in your tissues and helps remove plague.
  • Consult your dentist - immediately if dentures break, chip, crack or become loose. Don't be tempted to adjust them yourself; this can damage them beyond repair.

Book an appointment online if you have any concerns with your dentures or you want advice on having dentures fitted.

Losing teeth is not an inevitable consequence of aging. Older women have been identified by public health agencies as a group highly vulnerable to poor oral health, including dental decay, gum disease (periodontitis) and oral cancer. But it doesn't have to be this way, treatment now concentrates on prevention of dental disease. This means that you can keep your teeth for life, and they no longer need to have large unsightly fillings.

At Bays Dental Clinic, we aim to help our older patients maintain and improve their oral health and keep their teeth.

Over 50's can maintain good oral hygiene by:

  1. Visit your dentist at recommended intervals which suit your dental condition and age, to screen for dental disease and more serious diseases of the mouth. Tell your dentist about any general health problems and any medication you are taking as this may affect your dental health and treatment.
  2. To prevent decay of the necks of the teeth near your gums, pay strict attention to tooth brushing (at least twice a day, especially after meals) with a fluoride tooth paste and floss between the teeth to remove plaque. 
  3. Eat a healthy, balanced diet and avoid sweet food and drink between meals to prevent the need for dental fillings or tooth loss. 
  4. If you have full dentures, clean your mouth and dentures thoroughly each day and have both checked by your dentist every few years.
  5. If you're experiencing tooth ache, sensitive teeth or dry mouth, book an appointment to see your dentist, who will be able to recommend treatment. If in pain, see your dentist immediately.

Our friendly team can provide you with an individualised diagnosis and preventative treatment during a consultation, as well as providing many effective ways to repair and replace your teeth and restore your appearance. Book an appointment today.