Dentures are valuable tools that allow people with missing teeth continue to chew food properly and speak clearly, but they can be difficult to take proper care of. In order to avoid getting infections, sores, or other oral issues, it is important to keep dentures sufficiently clean and take care of them well. Oklahoma in-home caregivers can follow these useful tips to ensure that their elderly loved one’s dentures remain in good condition.
Let the Dentist Adjust Dentures
It may be tempting for seniors to try to bend and twist the dentures themselves to customize their fit. However, this can weaken the integrity of the structure. Have your loved one visit an oral health care provider for all denture adjustments. Since improperly fitting dentures can rub the mouth and cause sores, it is important to seek treatment as soon as possible if the dentures do not fit right.
Use the Right Cleaning Solution
Using toothpaste to clean dentures might seem logical, but it can actually abrade the surface of dentures and create microscopic scratches that can harbor bacteria. When cleaning dentures, use a denture cleaning solution, mild hand soap, or dishwashing detergent to gently and efficiently clean the dentures.
Thoroughly Clean Dentures
Dentures should always be as clean as possible to prevent bacteria growth. After each meal, remove the dentures and rinse them with water before returning them to your elderly loved one’s mouth. At least once a day, Oklahoma live-in caregivers should use a soft bristled toothbrush and your preferred cleaning solution to gently remove any food particles that may be lingering on the surface of the dentures.
Keep Dentures Wet Overnight
It is important to remove the dentures each night so mouth tissue has a chance to breathe and relax without dentures constantly putting pressure on the mouth. During this time, dentures should be put into water, mouthwash, or denture soaking solution to keep the materials from drying out and distorting.
Dental care is a vital part of senior health and wellness. Give your loved one a hand with his or her dental hygiene with help from Oklahoma Home Care Assistance. In addition to promoting senior health, we also encourage physical, mental, and emotional wellbeing. Our compassionate caregivers work tirelessly with clients to introduce healthy eating, exercise, and social habits to boost life quality. Call 405-285-4191 today and learn more about how we can help your senior loved one make the most of his or her golden years. We’re always available to schedule a free consultation.