December 7, 2019
Did you know that by the time George Washington became president in 1789, he only had one natural tooth remaining? Contrary to popular belief, he didn’t use a set of wooden teeth, but he did have an early type of dentures made of ivory and gold springs. In fact, he went through several sets of dentures in his lifetime, but unfortunately, they all only lasted a few years because they were difficult to take care of and were painful. Thankfully dentures have come a long way since George Washington’s time, and now it’s easy to properly care for them and have a comfortable, functional smile that can last for years. Read on to learn what simple do’s and don’ts can help you make the most out of living with dentures in Ft. Collins.
The Do’s of Denture Care
With the proper care, your dentures can give you a functional smile for up to 10 years at a time. Make sure you do…
- Take care of them like natural teeth by going to your dental checkup every six months and telling your dentist if your dentures don’t feel right.
- Keep them clean regular brushing and soaking them in specialized cleaning solutions.
- Protect them by cleaning them over a towel in case you accidentally drop them.
- Keep the rest of your mouth healthy by brushing your gums and tongue, as well as soaking your dentures overnight to prevent bacterial buildup.
The Don’ts of Denture Care
Here’s what you need to avoid if you want to keep your dentures safe and in working condition. To protect your dentures, don’t…
- Use toothpicks or other sharp objects that can accidentally damage your soft tissues.
- Tug at food while you bite or chew to limit wear and tear.
- Use the front part of your dentures on hard foods like nuts and bottle caps that could easily fracture or chip them.
- Rely on dental adhesive instead of seeing your dentist if your dentures don’t feel secure.
Implant-Retained Dentures: A Worthwhile Alternative
Dentures have been the traditional way of dealing with missing teeth for centuries, but another great option is implant-retained dentures. Instead of being removable, these dentures are held in place by several implanted posts in order to act and feel like normal teeth. Plus, implant-retained dentures can last an entire lifetime! Talk to your dentist about which type of denture is right for you.
Now that dentures have come so far from George Washington’s time, these simple do’s and don’ts can help you keep a beautiful, functional smile for years to come!
About the Author
Dr. Shiloh Lindsey is a general, cosmetic, and restorative dentist based in Ft Collins, CO. She graduated as the valedictorian from the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center School of Dentistry in 1999 and is committed to making lifelong learning a priority by engaging in ongoing education. She uses a wide variety of restorative services, including dentures, to help patients rebuild happy, healthy, and functional smiles. If you’d like to learn more about dentures or implant-retained dentures, she can be contacted at her website or at (970) 482-3166.
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