People of all ages are wearing dentures, and the number of denture-wearers is growing each year. They can be a great way of helping to replace missing teeth in your mouth. However, if you are not careful, you could wind up with sores on your gums from wearing the dentures. There are things you can do to avoid having denture sores on your gums. Here are some proactive steps to take to protect your gums.
Wear Your Dentures Properly
Wearing your dentures the right way is imperative if you want optimal gum health. This means only wearing them during the day, and taking them out each night. That gives your gums time to heal between times of wearing them. You also need to make sure that you have the right adhesive to hold them in place. This can be foam pads or cream that helps to hold the suction in place for you. This keeps them from sliding around as much, and allows them to rub against your gums less.
Always Make Sure Your Dentures Are Clean
One of the easiest ways to avoid any type of denture sore is to make sure each time you put your dentures in, they are clean. They need to be brushed each morning and each night, just like your teeth. You should also soak them in an antimicrobial solution to make sure there is nothing growing on them between uses. Brush them before you put them in each morning to make sure that any irritation in your mouth is not more likely to become inflamed or infected, then brush them prior to storing each night to keep them nice and clean.
Get Your Dentures Properly Fitted Regularly
The most common cause of denture sores for most dentists is dentures that are ill-fitting. They slide around more, causing problems with the gums. If you go in and have your dentures fitted, and adjusted when necessary, then this is far less likely to be a problem. We recommend you come in and let us check your dentures every six months like with your natural teeth. Plus, we also recommend that you have your dentures properly adjusted annually. This keeps them from going too long between adjustments, leaving your gums exposed to fewer problems.
Avoid Eating and Drinking the Wrong Items
If you have even minor irritation on your gums, eating or drinking the wrong thing can make it worse. Avoid acidic items, most of all. This can exacerbate the irritation in your mouth and make the pain more pronounced. Plus, if you are wearing your dentures when those items are consumed, the acid can sit beneath the dentures directly on the gums, further causing problems.
Chew Gum Sparingly
Most people chew gum on a regular basis because they like it. It also has the sideline benefit of helping improve oral health and your breath. However, it causes a lot of shifting around of dentures. It increases how much saliva your mouth creates, which can lift the dentures from the gums. Plus, the chewing motion can cause the suction to break, leaving you with loose dentures. If you only chew gum now and again, you are far less likely to struggle with denture sores than if you chew it on a daily basis.
If you want to know more proactive tips to keeping denture sores away, give us a call. We know how to manage denture care, and we would love to help you take the best care of your mouth possible. Call us today to schedule an appoint.