Ask a Dentist

May 14, 2020

Q: Do I still have to visit the dentist if I have dentures?

Graphic of dentures in a glass half full of water

A: No matter what, you should get dental checkups every year if you want to maintain good dental health. Your dentist will deep clean your dentures, remove difficult stains, and check for any problems with the teeth or structures holding the dentures in place.

Dentures push plaque growth into hard-to-reach areas, making it difficult to brush on your own. Cleaning your dentures properly will help prevent sore gums, irritation, bone or tissue loss. Your dentist will also make sure your dentures fit you properly and make adjustments as needed. Dentures fit in your mouth for about 5 to 7 years, afterward, you’ll need to replace or repair them. Your face, jaw, gums and mouth tissue change over time, making your dentures ill-fit.

Dentures also put pressure on the gums, potentially causing irritation and sores, especially if your dentures don’t fit properly. Difficulty chewing and bad breath may also be symptoms of ill-fitting dentures.

In the meantime, take care of your dentures between dental checkups. Wash your dentures with denture cleaner or mild soap in room-temperature water. Do not use toothpaste as it’s too harsh and may warp your dentures. Stay balanced while cleaning your dentures. Dentures may break when dropped or pressed on too hard. Rinse your mouth with water after every meal to clean away food particles that may get stuck between your dentures and gums.

If you have any questions about getting dentures or the fit of your dentures, book an appointment at one of our Winnipeg dental clinic locations.