Dentures are a terrific treatment for missing teeth; they restore your ability to chew, speak, sing, and smile with confidence. However, they also require proper care to keep them looking and functioning the way they should. Here are some tips on keeping your dentures clean so you can enjoy them for many, many years!
1. Rinse After Every Meal
After you eat, it is important to rinse off your dentures to remove any food particles that may have gotten stuck during your meal. If you’re worried about dropping them in the sink, fill up the sink with water and use a towel as a cushion to prevent possible damage.
2. Don’t Forget to Brush
At least once a day, brush your dentures using a soft-bristled brush and a denture cleaner, then rinse with lukewarm water. If you’re unsure which dental cleaner to use, our team can recommend one that is not abrasive. If you use dental adhesive, make sure you brush thoroughly enough to remove any remaining adhesive. But take care you don’t bend or otherwise damage them when cleaning! Moreover, gently brush your tongue, gums, and any natural teeth with a fluoride toothpaste before reinserting your dentures.
3. Soak Them Overnight
We provide specific instructions to our patients with dentures on the proper way to care for them—and this usually involves soaking them overnight. You’ll want to use a mild denture-soaking solution to gently clean them while you sleep.
4. Schedule Regular Checkups
Schedule regular checkups with our team to ensure your dentures still fit and function the way they are supposed to. If they become loose or break or if you notice any sudden changes in your gums, let us know right away. Loose dentures can irritate gums and lead to other problems, and broken dentures constitutes a dental emergency!
More Questions About Dentures? Ask Us!
To ask our team any other questions on the proper way to care for your dentures or to schedule your next visit at Southwest Smiles Family Dentistry, contact our office today.