From the time we are little, we are taught that we need to care for our mouths properly. This includes brushing our teeth at least two times per day, and always remembering to floss and rinse with a good mouthwash.
If we get to the point of having dentures, it can change what needs to be done to properly maintain the health of our mouth. If you are new to having dentures, then it is important that you know how to keep your mouth healthy.
What Needs to Happen to Keep Your Mouth Healthy?
When you no longer have any natural teeth, it does not mean you get out of the daily routine of keeping your mouth clean. It just means you do it slightly differently. Instead of brushing your teeth and gums, you will now brush your dentures and gums. Plus, you will brush your dentures out of your mouth instead of the teeth inside your mouth. They still need to be kept clean. If you put dirty dentures in your mouth, then you could wind up with gum disease, which is not only avoidable, but also painful.
You should still make sure to rinse your mouth out at least once per day with a really good antimicrobial mouthwash. That way, you clean out any extra microbes and bacteria that may have built up in your mouth. Plus, we still need to examine your mouth just like when you had natural teeth. It may not be the same experience, but that routine is still important when it comes to keeping your oral health optimized.
For more information on what differences come with caring for your mouth with dentures, give our office a call. We will have you come in, talk about the changes, and help you if you are unsure as to how to perform any of these routine activities with dentures.