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Flipper Teeth Maintenance

A flipper tooth, also known as a dental flipper or simply ‘flipper’, is a lightweight, acrylic denture that usually serves as a temporary tooth replacement option.  Flipper teeth are the most inexpensive type of dentures, which is why many people wind up using them for years rather than just a temporary option. In order for this removable device to last a long time, it’s important to take good care of it. The following are some flipper teeth maintenance tips.

Tip #1: Don’t wear the flipper all the time

The flipper is removable for a reason. If you don’t take it out and give your gums a chance to breath, it could cause the roof of your mouth and gums to become red and inflamed. It’s best to take your flipper out at night while you are sleeping. This way, your mouth gets a break, you won’t risk the flipper coming out during the night and causing or being damaged and you don’t have to worry about walking around with a missing tooth.

Tip #2: Soak the flipper in a glass of water overnight

It’s important to not only remove your flipper at night, but also place it in a glass of water—preferably with a denture tablet that provides some antifungal and antibacterial action. Simply drop one denture tablet in the water and it will dissolve. Once you wake up in the morning, remove the flipper and rinse it off with water before you place it back in your mouth.

Tip #3: Don’t forget to brush the flipper like you would your teeth

In order to remove food particles and oil, brush the acrylic portion of the dental flipper with water and toothpaste. Since flippers are made of acrylic they are pretty easy to clean.  Also use mild toothpaste and a soft bristled brush to clean the fake tooth attached.
If there is pain, discomfort or any feelings that the flipper isn’t fitting correctly, please contact us or your primary dental care professional for assistance.

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