Delta, BC denturist, Surrey, Chris Kozakiewicz is a professional denturist dedicated to excellence in prosthodontics from providing dentures over implants to full and partial dentures.
The Proper Way to Brush Gums
Most denture wearers were not instructucted on proper care of their gums. It is just as important to brush your gums when the natural teeth have been lost as it was when the natural teeth were present. Brusing gums is best done using an extra soft toothbrush ,even a children's toothbrush, and regular toothpaste. Brushing of intraoral tissue is analogous to a massage which provides mechanical stimulation of the tissue which strengthens the tissue. It also improves blood circulation and thus nourishes the uderlying bone structures.
Regular brushing of the gums, especially important at nighttime, significantly reduces the resorption of the gums in the long term. It also increases the firmness of the soft tissue which gives a stable base for the dentures to rest on.
Here are basic Denture Care Guidelines:
If you do wear your dentures at night, take them out for 30 min. morning or evening to let the gums rest. It is especially important to brush your gums morning and evening if dentures are worn at night.
Please note that, over time, the gums change slowly and after several years the dentures might not fit as well as they did when they were first made. It is recommended to come for checkup to your denturist once in two years. Sometimes only small adjustment is needed while some patients might need a reline of one or both dentures. Dentures should be replaced after 5 to 8 years, depending on how much the mouth has changed and how much the teeth are worn.
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