How To Take Care Of Your Gums If You Are A Denture Wearer

How To Take Care Of Your Gums If You Are A Denture Wearer

Getting dentures doesn’t mean that taking care of your oral health is no longer part of your nightly routine. While you may no longer have all of your natural teeth to brush, your mouth does still accumulate germs and food particles that need to be cleaned away. Your gums are susceptible to bacteria, disease, and infection and they need to be properly cared for whether you have full dentures or partial dentures. Properly caring for your gums will also keep your dentures comfortable, as proper gum care reduces infection, soreness, and swelling. To keep all of these unpleasant symptoms at bay, keep your gums healthy and happy by doing these 4 things.

Proper Gum Care

1. Clean Your Dentures. Although your dentures are not your real teeth and therefore can’t develop cavities, a buildup of plaque anywhere on the dentures can cause health issues for the gums. If plaque is not removed from the dentures, it will react with the saliva and harden into tartar, which can cause irritation or infection of the gums. Just as you would brush your teeth, you need to brush your dentures as well, although you’ll want to use a soft-bristled brush to do so. You should also clean your dentures with a deep-cleaning solution specifically designed for dentures to reduce the amount of bacteria and food particles that remain in your mouth. Make sure the cleaner you are using is denture specific, as products such as whitening toothpaste and bleach can be harmful to your dentures and/or your gum health.

2. Clean Your Gums. Wearing dentures doesn’t mean you no longer have to do an oral health routine. In addition to brushing your dentures, you should also be cleaning your gums with a damp cloth or soft-bristled toothbrush. While this helps remove bacteria, the massaging action is also good stimulation for your gums. You should rinse your mouth with water or mouthwash to remove bacteria that can be harmful to gums. If you have partial dentures and remaining natural teeth, make sure to continue brushing and flossing like normal.

3. Let Your Gums Breathe. When you wear your dentures all day long, it helps your gums stay healthy and comfortable to take them out approximately every 6 to 8 hours. You should also remove your dentures in the evening and put them in a glass of water to soak overnight. By doing both of these, you give your gums a chance to breathe and rest, which decreases the number of sore spots in the mouth. Not wearing dentures at night can also lower your risk of developing bacteria under the dentures and can help saliva flow in the mouth, preventing yeast infections on the gums.

4. Visit Your Denturist. Scheduling appointments with your denturist can help you detect any signs of gum infection. While you're there, you can discuss your oral health and denture cleaning routine to ensure you’re completing all of the steps for optimal gum and jaw health.

Visit A Calgary Denturist At Future Smiles Denture Clinic

Whether you have complete dentures or partial dentures, you should visit a trusted Calgary denturist to examine your gum and denture health. At Future Smiles Denture Clinic in Calgary, we can provide the right denture solution for you, whether you are looking for partial dentures or complete dentures. When you speak with our skilled and friendly staff, we can help you understand your oral health as you adjust to your new life with dentures. To speak with the team at Future Smiles in Calgary, you can visit the SW Calgary Denture clinic on Macleod or the NE Calgary location in Coral Springs. To book a free consultation with our Calgary Denturist, call 1-403-475-0016 or fill out the online contact form.


Q: I’m looking for affordable denture solutions. What options do I have?
A: At Future Smiles Dentures Clinic, we know that Calgarians are looking for low-cost, stress-free denture payment plans. This is why we offer affordable denture solutions, including direct billing and financing.

Q: What’s the difference between partial and complete dentures?
A: Partial dentures are for those who have some natural teeth remaining. These dentures have spaces for the natural teeth and use those teeth to help your dentures remain in place. Complete dentures are for those who have no natural teeth remaining and who need a full set of either top or bottom dentures.

Q: Will I need to get teeth pulled for dentures?
A: This varies depending on whether you are getting a full, or partial set, the shape of your mouth, the health of your gums, and the state of existing teeth remaining. Your Calgary denturist will be able to confirm whether or not you need teeth pulled after a thorough examination of your mouth.

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Vlad Dumbrava

Vlad Dumbrava has been active in the field of denture therapy since 2008. Upon receiving his denturist degree in 2011 from George Brown College in Toronto, Ontario, he continued his education in Medical Sciences at Western University.

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