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How Do I Take Care of My Dentures?

March 2, 2022

Filed under: Uncategorized — dulcedental @ 8:45 pm
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Now that you’ve replaced your missing teeth with dentures, you can enjoy the benefits of having your full smile back! While they can last you a while, you should know that they’ll have to be replaced sometime in the future. However, there are ways you can maximize how long you can make the most of them. Read on to learn the best practices for caring for dentures.

Handling & Storing Your Dentures

While dentures provide an effective support for your teeth, they still require a delicate touch when handling them. They can easily break if dropped, so you should hold them over a sink filled with water or a soft towel to cushion a fall.

You’ll want to store your dentures in a safe spot whenever you aren’t wearing them. Keep them out of reach from pets or children, or from placing them where you might mistake it for trash. They can become warped if put in hot water or dried out, so soaking them in a cup of lukewarm water or denture solution is the best area.

How to Clean Your Dentures

After every meal, you should remove and rinse your dentures to take off plaque, food, and other particles that might collect. Brush every surface, including the underside, with a denture cleanser, mild dish soap, or liquid hand soap. You’ll also want to clean away any leftover denture adhesive from your gums. Additionally, you’ll brush your natural teeth, tongue, cheeks, and the roof of your mouth. Before going to bed, soak your dentures in their solution overnight to keep off bacteria.

What Should You Avoid When Cleaning Dentures?

Your restorations can be cleaned like normal teeth, but there are certain substances you should avoid using on them. A couple things to never apply are:

  • Abrasive agents: Stiff-bristled toothbrushes and abrasive toothpastes or cleansers might remove stains and bacteria effectively, but they can seriously damage the dentures in the long run.
  • Whitening toothpaste: Some whitening products are abrasive as well as contain certain chemicals that can ruin the structure of your restorations.

Visiting Your Dentist

A professional pair of eyes is always best when preserving your dentures! Your dentist can help you clean and polish them as well as monitor their progress on your gum line. They might detect any developing issues and treat them early so your oral health remains in good condition.

With these tips in mind, caring for dentures can be quite simple. And if you have any concerns along the way, you can always consult your dentist for clarification.

About the Practice

At Dulce Dental, we deliver passionate and high-quality dental care. From basic checkups to dentures, we can help you restore and achieve the smile you deserve. We also use advanced technology to provide the utmost comfort. If you want to know how best to care for your dentures, visit our website or call 214-337-0153.

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