Receiving dentures can be life changing, allowing you to speak, bite, chew, and smile normally! Whether you have partial or full dentures, your device will require special care to ensure it is long lasting and looking its best. Here’s how to properly care for your dentures:
Cleaning your dentures
Properly cleaning your dentures is important to avoid staining and keep your gums and mouth healthy. When removing and cleaning your dentures, be careful not to bend or damage the plastic or clasps. Your dentures should be removed and rinsed after eating to remove any food particles. The dentures should be brushed at least once a day with a soft bristled tooth brush and denture cleanser. While your dentures are out, it’s a good idea to brush your gums and tongue as well.
Soaking your dentures overnight
Dentures need to stay moist to maintain the correct shape and fit. When taking your dentures out at night, place them in water or a denture soaking solution and keep them in a safe place. If you use a denture solution, be sure to rinse the dentures before putting them back in your mouth.
Things to avoid
When brushing your dentures, you’ll want to avoid hard bristles and harsh toothpaste that could cause damage. You should also avoid any whitening or other products containing bleach as this could weaken your dentures. Chlorine products could also damage your dentures if they have mental attachments. You should also avoid hot or boiling water when cleaning, rinsing, and soaking your dentures.
Because dentures come in a variety of types and materials, be sure to talk with your dentist about the appropriate care for your dentures. To learn more about denture care or to schedule an appointment with Dr. Zwier, contact our office today!