Home Remedies for Dentures

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Dental care plays an important role in the overall health of an individual, but as we grow older – teeth weaken, suffer decay, and in many cases, are removed or fall out. When teeth go missing, dentures act as a solution for about 20 million Americans. However, home remedies for dentures can help people suffering an inappropriate fit, improper cleaning habits, and other issues.

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What Are Dentures?

Dentures provide replacement teeth and come in two different styles: partial and complete. Partial dentures replace only a couple of teeth and prevent surrounding teeth from shifting into different positions. For people missing a great number of teeth, complete dentures replace every tooth in the mouth. At first, it takes a bit of time to adjust to the presence of dentures and soreness may occur. Users must brush dentures daily and soak dentures in a cleansing solution when not in the mouth.

Main Concerns for Denture Wearers

At least 50% of all denture wearers experience problems with the main concerns involving an improper fit, which can cause denture pain. From first-time to experienced denture wearers, sore gums are a common problem. Dentures are not guaranteed to fit perfectly forever, as gum tissue shrinks and natural deterioration takes place. Dentures can also break and suffer cracks.

Improper denture cleaning can threaten surrounding gum tissue and ridges – causing bacterial levels increase in the mouth. Eventually, dentures become ill fitting due to poor cleaning habits. It is also a must to remove dentures before going to bed or you’ll face a higher risk of developing oral cancer.

Denture Home Remedies

To ensure a healthy mouth and solve some of the most common issues denture wearers face, consider the following home remedies for dentures:

a) Soft Toothbrush:

Gently cleaning your dentures on a daily basis is a must. Never use a hard toothbrush, as the rigid bristles can cause damage.

b) Chew Slowly:

New denture wearers often bite the inside of their cheek or tongue. To avoid injury, slowly chew your food.

c) Cold Water:

Avoid warping of your dentures by soaking in clean, cold water instead of hot water when not being worn.

d) Lozenge or Hard Candy:

During the first few weeks of wearing dentures, it is typical to experience increased saliva production. Sucking on a lozenge will help you swallow more frequently, which helps rid excess saliva.

e) Baking Soda [2]:

Baking soda provides an all-natural alternative for cleaning dentures. Add one tablespoon of baking soda to one cup of warm water. Soak dentures in the solution for ½ hour and thoroughly rinse before using.

f) Plastic Baggie:

If you’ve misplaced your denture cup, use a Ziploc baggie with a seal to store and soak your dentures in a cleaner.

g) Gum Massage:

Encourage circulation and enhance gum firmness by placing your thumb and index finger over your gums. Massage your gums and take care to position your index finger on the outside of your gums.

h) Soft Foods:

When adjusting to new dentures, eat soft foods that are easy to chew. Suggestions include stews, pasta, vegetable soups, Jell-O, applesauce, pudding, and yogurt.

i) Saltwater:

Rinse your mouth with a mixture of warm water and one teaspoon of salt. This remedy helps clean the gums, and for new denture wearers, the solution may prevent mouth sores. Gargle and spit out the saltwater. Repeat twice daily.

j) Aloe Vera:

Dip a Q-tip in aloe vera gel and directly apply to painful gums. If sores are present, the aloe vera will help soothe and encourage the healing process. For best results, refrain from eating at least one hour after applying the gel.

k) Steamed Vegetables:

Avoid raw and crunchy vegetables that can agitate sore gums. Therefore, steam your veggies before eating to prevent irritation.

l) Clove:

Dating back to ancient times, cloves have been used to treat dental pain since the 3rd century BC. To create a natural pain reliever at home, moisten ½ teaspoon ground cloves from your spice rack with olive oil, and apply around gum sores caused by new dentures.

m) Soap and Water:

Don’t have a denture cleaner on hand? After eating, some people remove their dentures and scrub with plain soap and lukewarm water.

n) Figs:

Treat denture-related mouth sores by following in the footsteps of Mexican herbalists. Cut a fig in half and place one piece between your cheek and the gum sore. Make sure the exposed side of the fig is touching the gums.

o) White Vinegar:

After brushing and cleaning dentures, use pure distilled white vinegar as a denture soak that effectively lifts stains. For the best results, follow once a week.

p) Sage:

When gums have become irritated or inflamed due to dentures, drink sage leaves boiled in water as a remedy.


Resources

[1] http://kidshealth.org/kid/grownup/getting_older/dentures.html
[2] Extraordinary Uses for Ordinary Things by Reader’s Digest; pg 70

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