Removable full and partial dentures need special attention each day to ensure they last as intended. Without daily maintenance, your appliance can develop buildup or contribute to infections inside of your mouth. Thankfully, the right attention can help protect your prosthesis for years.
Clean Your Mouth Morning and Night
Denture maintenance starts with your mouth. You want to ensure that your gum tissues are thoroughly cleaned before putting your appliance in each morning. Depending on your preference and if you have any remaining teeth, use a soft toothbrush or a clean, damp washcloth to clean your mouth twice per day. Avoid using harsh mouth rinse with alcohol, as it can dry out your oral tissues and lead to irritation.
Remove Your Denture Nightly
No matter what, don’t sleep in a removable partial or full denture. Excessive pressure on your bone without taking regular breaks (like sleeping) can cause bone resorption (shrinkage.) Plus, if you’re not taking your denture out at night, it means that leftover bacteria and food debris are trapped in that space for hours.
Use an Appropriate Cleanser
Just like teeth, your dentures can get buildup on them. Soak your denture in a lukewarm effervescent cleansing solution overnight to loosen the buildup. The next morning, use a denture brush to scrub away the residue and rinse your dentures well afterward. Try not to hold your prosthesis directly over hard countertops or sinks; consider placing a soft hand towel in that space in case you accidentally drop them.
Remember to Schedule Checkups
Maintain a normal checkup routine to keep your dentures fitted and oral tissues healthy. Call Georgia Denture & Implant Specialists to reserve your next appointment.