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How Do You Maintain Oral Hygiene With fixed Dentures?


Posted on 6/3/2024 by Mark Bieber
 close up of specialized dental hygiene items and model of a toothResearch shows that nearly a third of Americans rely on dental prostheses following missing teeth or severe damage. One of the most commonly used restorative devices is fixed dentures or dental implants. While these devices provide a natural look and function, routine care is essential to ensure good oral hygiene and prevent complications. Here are ways to ensure long-term oral health, even with fixed dentures.

Regular Brushing and Flossing


The foundation of oral hygiene is regular brushing and flossing, even with fixed dentures. Dental professionals recommend using a soft-bristled toothbrush and non-abrasive toothpaste to brush your teeth and gums at least twice daily while focusing on areas around the fixed dentures. Flossing is equally important to clean between teeth and around the dentures where a toothbrush may not reach effectively.

Professional Dental Cleanings


Despite the many home care solutions, professional dental cleanings are crucial for maintaining optimal oral health with fixed dentures. Schedule regular visits to your dentist for professional cleanings to eliminate plaque, tartar, and any stubborn deposits around the dentures. In addition, your dentist can inspect the condition of your fixed dentures, assess for any signs of wear or damage, and recommend effective solutions to prevent complications such as gum disease or loss of bone mass.

Specialized Cleaning Tools


Although a regular toothbrush and floss can help with regular cleaning, investing in specialized cleaning tools designed for fixed dentures can greatly enhance your oral hygiene routine. Consult a dental professional to access a specialized hygiene kit comprising interdental brushes, dental picks, and water flossers for cleaning hard-to-reach areas around the dentures and between teeth. These tools can remove food particles and plaque buildup, reducing the risk of oral infections and other complications.

Good oral hygiene is vital for the longevity and overall well-being of your dental restorations, especially if you have fixed dentures. Schedule a consultation today with an expert to prevent complications associated with improper prosthesis care and enjoy a healthy, confident smile for years.

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