Whether you have complete or partial dentures, dentures require proper care to keep them clean, attractive, and for them not to harm the health of your mouth. Caring for dentures at home does not require rocket science, but it does require commitment and consistency. Remember, your dentures were an investment, and it is important that you take care of them in order for them to last.
Caring for Dentures:
- First and foremost, if your dentures ever become ill-fitting, see your dentist or denture specialists promptly. Loose dentures can cause irritation, sores, and serious infection.
- Remove and rinse your dentures after eating. This takes little time to actually do, yet many people find this simple step a burden. However, to protect the health of your gums and to prevent bad breath, simply rinse your dentures after eating to remove food debris.
- Handle your dentures carefully. Placing a towel on the counter or in the sink will help prevent breakage should you drop your dentures.
- Clean your mouth after you remove your dentures. If you have natural remaining teeth, brush them. Also, brush your gums, tongue, and cheeks with a soft toothbrush. This will help remove bacteria and debris from the mouth.
- Brush your dentures twice a day. Just as it is necessary to brush the natural teeth, it is necessary to brush your dentures to keep them clean. Use a nonabrasive denture cleanser to remove food, plaque, and denture adhesive from your dentures. Dirty dentures cause a dirty mouth.
- Soak your dentures overnight. Your denture specialist will give you specific instructions on how to soak your dentures. It will be very important that you follow the instructions carefully for your dentures to maintain their shape.
- Rinse your dentures in the morning before placing them back into your mouth. If you use a soaking solution, be sure to rinse all residue off your dentures to prevent harmful chemicals from entering your system.
- Keep regular dental appointments. Having your dentures professionally cleaned is important because plaque buildup will occur. Regular appointments will also ensure that your dentures are properly fitting into your mouth to prevent slippage and discomfort.
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