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Dr. Ian Boyd
#101 – 9840 Fifth St
Sidney, BC   V8L 2X3
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“If you want to be successful in a particular field of endeavour, I think perseverance is one of the key qualities. It’s very important that you find something that you care about, that you have a deep passion for, because you’re going to have to devote a lot of your life to it.”
- George Lucas

"We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, therefore, is not an act but a habit."
- Aristotle

"Fine Dentistry is a work of love. We didn’t launch into this project just with the idea of making money."
- Dr. Ian Boyd

"Your mouth is the ultimate accessory."
- Dr. Ian Boyd

"Quality is never an accident; it is always the result of high intention, sincere effort, intelligent direction, and skillful execution. It represents the wise choice of many alternatives."
- William A. Foster

"You will never go wrong when you select quality."
- Dr. Ian Boyd

If you think you can or cannot . . .you are probably right.

“We have the ability to change people’s lives. Their eyes and smiles are two of the most important aspects of their appearance.”
- Anonymous

Through years of helping people improve their smiles, Dr. Boyd has developed a good understanding of the importance of a great smile and how people feel when the smile is less than ideal.

Precision care and attention to detail take time."

“These days, most dentist’s chairs go up and down, don’t they? The one I was in went back and forwards. I thought, “This is unusual”. And then the dentist said to me “OK Mr. Vine – time to get out of the filing cabinet”.
- Tim Vine

“Be true to your teeth and they won’t be false to you.”
- Soupy Sales

"I am as old as my tongue and a little older than my teeth."
- Anonymous

 

 

 

Online Dental Education Library

Our team of dental specialists and staff strive to improve the overall health of our patients by focusing on preventing, diagnosing and treating conditions associated with your teeth and gums. Please use our dental library to learn more about dental problems and treatments available. If you have questions or need to schedule an appointment, contact us.

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Denture Care

DenturesJust because you may have dentures does not mean that you can ignore your oral health and hygiene. It is still important to seek regular dental services for evaluating the soft tissues and to examine the denture for proper fit, comfort, and function.

Why should I clean my denture daily?

Daily cleaning of your denture is necessary to prevent build-up of plaque, food, calculus (tartar), and stain which can cause:

  • Problems with appearance or esthetics
  • Mouth odor
  • Irritation to the tissues under the denture
  • Infections in the mouth

How do I keep my dentures clean?

  • Rinse the denture under water after meals to remove loose food debris.
  • Brush regularly after each meal, or at least before bed. This removes the plaque and some stains.
  • Brush with water, soap, or a mildly abrasive toothpaste, or denture paste. Scouring powders or other abrasive cleaners should not be used because they scratch the denture. Scratches make the denture more susceptible to collecting debris, plaque and stain.
  • You can use a denture brush or a regular soft toothbrush to clean the denture, but use a separate brush for cleaning any natural teeth you have.
  • Make sure you reach all areas of the denture.
  • The denture can be soaked in a solvent (such as Efferdent, Polident) or a detergent with a chemical action that removes or loosens light stains and deposits. Rinse the denture with water afterwards. Chemical immersions can be done daily or several times a week.
  • Ultrasonic cleaning is done during a dental appointment to remove heavy stain and calculus (tartar).
  • The most effective way to keep your dentures clean is by daily brushing, in combination with soaking the dentures in a chemical solution.

Some helpful hints:

  • When brushing the appliance do not hold it firmly or with pressure as this can break the denture.
  • Clean the denture over a sink half filled with water and place a towel in the sink to act as a cushion in case the denture should drop.
  • Do not soak or rinse the denture in hot water, this can distort the shape and fit of the denture.
  • Never scrape the denture with sharp instruments in an attempt to remove hard deposits. Instead, take it to a dental professional for them to clean.
  • Make sure to leave your denture out overnight, or out of the mouth for a period of 6 to 8 hours daily. Wearing them at all times without allowing your gums a chance "to breathe" can result in infections of the soft tissues under the denture.
  • When your dentures are not in your mouth, keep them in water or denture solutions. They need to be kept in a wet environment in order to maintain the proper fit

Your gums are important too:

Not only do your dentures need maintenance, but care also needs to be given to the tissues under your denture.

  • The gums should be cleaned daily with a soft toothbrush or a washcloth. This removes the plaque and debris on the gums. It also massages and stimulates circulation of tissues.
  • Massage your gums by placing the thumb and index finger over the ridge and use a "press-and-release" stroke.

Remaining natural teeth:

  • It is very important to keep any remaining natural teeth free of plaque.

How do I know my dentures no longer fit?

With age, the jaw bones slowly change. Therefore, dentures may not fit forever. You may need to have your dentures re-adjusted or you may need to have a new denture made. If you encounter any of these problems, let us know.

  • Problems chewing food with dentures
  • Chronic cheek biting
  • Difficulty in speech
  • Red and inflamed tissues
  • Discomfort with wearing the denture
  • Cracked corners of your mouth

Questions or Comments?
We encourage you to contact us whenever you have an interest or concern about our services.

(250) 656-7553