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How to Help Care for an Adult Who Wears Dentures


Posted on 6/14/2021 by Dr. Hallas
How to Help Care for an Adult Who Wears DenturesAdults will most likely wear dentures due to tooth loss caused by age and related factors. As a caregiver, you should help them care for their dentures as they would their natural teeth. Denture care also involves caring for their gums by encouraging them to brush with a soft-bristled brush. This way, you will reduce bacteria build-up that is a significant cause for denture odor. Denture care also enhances the longevity of the dentures.

Cleaning the Dentures as a Caregiver


Dentures require cleaning every day to keep them in good shape and prevent bad breath. If you are helping an adult with dementia or struggling with arthritis or vision problems, you will need to clean the dentures yourself. If the adult can care for the dentures by themselves, you can guide them through the process.
To clean the dentures, rinse them first with cold or lukewarm water to remove food debris. You can then use a soft-bristled brush to remove plaque and food stuck on the denture surfaces after rinsing. If available, you can use a denture cleaning solution to clean the dentures instead of toothpaste, as most kinds of toothpaste are abrasives and can damage the dentures. Finally, soak the dentures in cold water after cleaning to prevent them from drying out.

What You Need to Be Aware of Beforehand


Whether the adult you are caring for has partial or full dentures, you should be aware of the denture products that will make dental care easier. Some adults may have arthritis, which hinders their ability to grasp toothbrushes and care for their dentures, and denture products will come in handy.

If they constantly complain of pain from their dentures, you should schedule an appointment with us for denture repair or replacement. For more details on how to help care for an adult wearing dentures, contact our office today.


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