5 Great Denture Care Tips
To keep your smile looking and feeling great, it is important to care for your dentures properly.
While at first glance, it might seem like a daunting task to properly care for dentures, following these basic guidelines will help make this task manageable and help you to keep your dentures functioning and fitting well.
Handle your dentures with care:
Dentures are fragile! It is vital to remember this each time you are handling your dentures. We recommend preparing a safe space for your dentures to fall, just in case, before removing, cleaning, or rinsing dentures. Partially filling the basin of the sink with water or placing a soft towel down will help protect your dentures in case they fall. Accidents happen and it is important to take precautionary steps to help keep your dentures safe.
Soak your dentures:
Removing your dentures overnight is important to help keep your mouth healthy and your dentures clean. Using specialized tablets to ensure deep cleaning helps to remove plaque buildup from your dentures. It is important to rinse dentures thoroughly after soaking, as the mild chemicals used in the soaking process can irritate your gums. If you are not using a cleansing solution, it is important to store your dentures in water to ensure they do not alter their shape.
Brush once a day, using the proper tools:
While it is recommended that you brush dentures once a day, regular toothpaste is much too harsh and will leave scratches. A mild liquid soap or a mild gentle cleanser is best. It is important to remember to use a very soft-bristled toothbrush as well. When brushing natural teeth and gums, use a separate toothbrush and toothpaste and brush gently.
Rinse regularly throughout the day:
It is important to periodically rinse your dentures throughout the day, especially after eating to remove food particles. Dentures collect more particles than natural teeth. Food and bacteria can collect under the dentures and between teeth. Regular rinsing will help to keep you comfortable and your dentures clean.
Visit your dentist regularly
Regular trips to your dentist for a thorough dental exam is one of the most important things you can do to ensure you are properly caring for your dentures. Your dentist will examine the health of your natural teeth, gums, and soft tissue, as well as make sure the fit and function of your dentures are in good shape.