Does your aging parent or loved one have dentures? Whether they’ve been wearing them for years or have recently been fit for a new set, it’s important to understand basic denture care to ensure comfort and quality of life. Properly maintained dentures are not only vital to preserving overall health, they can help seniors to eat without pain and continue to enjoy the foods they love. Centennial senior care specialists recommend the following care practices to help keep dentures in good condition.
Dentures are made of materials that are easily scratched, and great care should be taken when they are handled and cleaned. In fact, cracked dentures are more prone to colonizing bacteria that can cause bad breath and even illness.
Regular toothpaste should not be used to clean false teeth because most brands contain abrasives that can damage the finish. Mild dish liquid can be used instead. There are also many commercial preparations on the market that are designed specifically to cleanse false teeth.
Dentures should never be left in the open air for any length of time. If they are not being worn, they should be placed in a closed container and covered with liquid. They can be stored in plain water or in a liquid denture solution.
Even if patients no longer have any teeth, they should continue to perform good oral hygiene every day. A soft-bristled toothbrush with toothpaste should be used to cleanse the tongue and the gums in order to reduce bacteria in the mouth before the dentures are put in.
Have Regular Dental Check-Ups
It is not uncommon for dentures to shift and begin to fit improperly over time. Poorly fitting dentures can cause severe gum problems such as sores and calluses that may need to be removed. Also, individuals’ gums often shrink as they age and can cause dentures to become misaligned. Seniors should try to visit the dentist or prosthodontist about every six months.
Help for Seniors & Aging Adults
If your aging parent or loved one needs help with activities of daily living, reach out to Home Care Assistance of Centennial today. Our highly trained and compassionate caregivers can assist with a number of tasks ranging from personal care activities to transportation for dental appointments and other errands. While we specialize in live-in care, we also offer Centennial hourly home care for seniors who need help on a flexible as-needed basis.
For more information about hourly or live-in home care services, call 303-957-3100 and schedule a complimentary, no-obligation consultation with a friendly Care Manager.