Will dentures increase my risk for oral health problems?

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As long as you continue to take care of your mouth, dentures shouldn't increase your risk for oral health problems. But even if you wear full dentures, you still have to practice good dental hygiene. Brush your gums, tongue and roof of your mouth every morning with a soft-bristled brush before you insert your dentures to stimulate circulation in your tissues and help remove plaque.

Like your teeth, your dentures should be brushed daily to remove food particles and plaque. Brushing also can help keep the teeth from staining.
  • Rinse your dentures before brushing to remove any loose food or debris.
  • Your dentures can scratch easily, so use a soft bristle toothbrush and a non-abrasive cleanser to gently brush all the surfaces of the denture.
  • When brushing, clean your mouth thoroughly -- including your gums, cheeks, roof of your mouth and tongue to remove any plaque. This can help reduce the risk of oral irritation and bad breath.
  • When you’re not wearing your dentures, put them in a safe place covered in water to keep them from warping.
  • Occasionally, denture wearers may use adhesives. Adhesives come in many forms: creams, powders, pads/wafers, strips or liquids. If you use one of these products, read the instructions, and use them exactly as directed.
Your dentist can recommend appropriate cleansers and adhesives; look for products with the ADA Seal of Acceptance. Products with the ADA Seal have been evaluated for safety and effectiveness. 

If you have any questions about your dentures, or if they stop fitting well or become damaged, contact your dentist. Be sure to schedule regular dental check-ups, too. The dentist will examine your mouth to see if your dentures continue to fit properly.
Dentures don't normally increase the risk for oral health problems. Since dentures are normally a last resort for people whose teeth are already damaged, wearing dentures will probably not cause more harm than is already done. However, people with dentures are still at risk for oral health problems if they don't properly care for their dentures and their oral health in general. It's important to clean both your dentures and your mouth every day according to your dentist's instructions. Make sure you don't miss any dental appointments, since these are crucial for the maintenance of well-fitting dentures and a healthy mouth.

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