If you have chosen to be fitted for a denture plate because your two front teeth are chipped and make you feel uncomfortable when you are spending time with others, you should learn how to care for the artificial teeth to preserve your smile and minimize discomfort associated with improper adhesion. Use the following tips to practice installing and removing the plate and cleaning the artificial teeth.
- antibacterial soap
- surgical gloves
- large mirror
- denture adhesive
- narrow foam brush
- cotton swabs
- denture cream
- denture tablets
- large glass
- distilled water
- denture case
Practice Covering Your Natural Teeth With The Plate
Wash your hands well with antibacterial soap and warm water. After drying your hands, put on a pair of surgical gloves. Place the denture cream, foam brush, and denture plate on a towel that is draped across a vanity in your bathroom. Squeeze denture adhesive onto a foam brush and use the brush to apply a thin bead of adhesive along the edges of the plate. Grip the plate carefully between your hands and open your mouth wide.
Gaze into a large mirror as you line the plate up over the chipped teeth. Press the plate's edges firmly against your gumline until the adhesive sticks. Use a slightly damp cotton swab to wipe off excess denture adhesive. Wait for the adhesive to dry before opening and closing your mouth or eating food items that require chewing.
Remove The Plate And Clean It
When you are ready to remove the denture plate, sit down in front of the mirror. Again, wash and dry your hands before putting on a pair of surgical gloves. Use a soft cloth that is moistened with warm water to wipe the top of the plate. As the denture adhesive softens, you will feel the plate give way. At this time, gently pull the plate downwards.
Use a toothbrush that is designated solely for use on the denture plate to clean the artificial teeth. Apply a dollop of denture cream on the brush and move the brush carefully back and forth across both sides of the artificial teeth.
Remove Stains And Store The Denture Plate
If staining on the teeth is moderate, use a pair of tongs to place the denture plate into a glass that is filled with distilled water. Add denture tablets to the water. Once the tablets dissolve, you will see the water begin to fizz. The fizzing solution will loosen stains on the artificial teeth.
After removing the denture plate from the glass, use a toothbrush to gently scrub each tooth's surface. Store the denture plate in a small, waterproof case. Place the case on a nightstand or inside of a drawer. Use the same storage spot each day so that you do not accidentally lose the denture plate.
For more information and tips on cleaning your dentures, contact a dental clinic or visit websites like http://www.vanyodentistry.com.