Whether your senior has just gotten her first set of dentures or you’re just now learning how to help her care for them, it’s vital that you learn all the ins and outs. Dentures aren’t difficult to care for, but they do require some patience.
They Need Regular Brushing
Many people don’t realize that dentures need brushing just like teeth do. They do the same job that teeth do and they get just as dirty as teeth do. The main difference, however, is that you can’t use regular toothpaste and toothbrushes because they’re too harsh for the denture material. Instead, use a denture brush and denture cleaning materials. If you’re not sure how to do this or which products are best, ask your senior’s dentist to show you what to do.
They Need to Be Kept in Water at Least
Because dentures are meant to work well in a damp environment, they’re made from a material that is best kept moist. When they’re in your senior’s mouth, this is usually no problem at all. When they’re out of your aging family member’s mouth, you should keep them in a denture bath filled with water or at the very least a glass of water. This keeps the dentures from drying out, which would make them start to crack.
They Can Break
This brings up another important point. Dentures can break rather easily, especially if they’ve been left to dry. If they get dropped or you notice any damage at all, then it might be time for your elderly family member’s dentist to check them over. Spotting damage early might mean that the dentures can be repaired instead of requiring replacement, which is always more costly.
They Need to Be Refitted
Every now and again, your senior may start to notice that her dentures don’t fit the same way that they used to fit. This isn’t unusual at all because over time your senior’s mouth can change dramatically. This is why, even if your elderly family member has a full set of dentures, she still needs to see her dentist regularly. Keeping up with those appointments can keep your senior’s dentures fitting properly for a long time to come.
Keeping your senior’s dentures in tip top condition is much easier when you know all the tips and tricks. Working with her referred caregivers can help you to stay updated on what is going on with your elderly family member’s dentures.
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