Dental prosthetist Sam Dias and a patient.
GREAT tasting food can be one of the real pleasures of life but dental prosthetist Sam Dias from Modern Healthcare Professionals in Chester Hill, warns that food is not so good if it is left on teeth or gums, especially not for those who wear dentures.
"It is very important to brush your gums, tongue and palate areas with a soft-bristled brush every morning before putting your dentures in, even if you are a full denture wearer," he said.
"This helps remove plaque and stimulates circulation in the mouth area.
"If you wear a partial denture, be sure to remove it before brushing your natural teeth.
"Don't forget to pay extra attention on cleaning teeth that fit under a denture's clasps. Food and plaque that may become trapped under the clasps will increase the risk of tooth decay."
Mr Dias says daily denture cleaning routines that are completed at home, are very important for oral hygiene but unfortunately can't completely prevent plaque, stubborn tartar or nicotine build up.
"Over time this build up can make the denture prone to bacteria and germs which can lead to Gingivitis, damage to dentition and with the more natural dentition lost, the more denture stability and function can also be lost," he said.
"It's highly recommended that you visit your dental practitioner at least once every six months to get that professional clean and check up.
"And for denture wearing patients, it is also recommended to get the gums underneath your dentures checked and denture professionally cleaned at your next check up."
Located at 178 Waldron Road in Chester Hill, the dental team at Modern Healthcare Professionals can be contacted on 9644 5088.