Tips To Care For Your Dentures
If you have a full or partial denture, then it’s important to keep it clean and functioning properly. In addition, it’s important that you maintain good oral health. This will help improve the usefulness of your dentures. If properly cared for, dentures can last you several years. Replacing them as time goes on may be necessary to ensure proper fit as your body changes, but these tips can get you the best life out of your dentures.
When you first get them, your eating habits may change. Follow your instincts and eat foods that are simple. Softer foods like eggs, yogurt, fish, and pasta are great in the beginning. Harder or chewier foods may cause discomfort until you are used to the new denture.
- Brush your dentures daily with a soft bristle brush. You don’t need to use toothpaste but if you do, use only toothpaste certified for denture use.
- Remove the partial denture before brushing your natural teeth. Rinse with warm saltwater daily to help keep your gums clean.
- When the dentures are removed, brush your gums, tongue, and palate with a soft bristle brush. This removes plaque buildup, increases circulation in the mouth, and helps reduce the chance of infection or decay.
- Soak your dentures overnight. This keeps them wet so that they keep their shape. Use only soaking cleanser certified for dentures. Do not use hot water as this can warp the shape of the denture.
- Rinse with water before putting them back in your mouth to remove any cleanser or debris that may still be on the denture.
- Rinse your dentures after eating to remove any food particles or staining.
Things to Avoid
You’ll want to avoid stiff bristles, as this can scratch the denture. Abrasive cleansers, as well as whitening toothpastes, can also cause damage to denture material.
If you have any questions regarding your dentures and how to properly clean them, give your dentist a call. Getting your dentures refit every so often will ensure a comfortable feeling.
There is also a way to incorporate dental implants with dentures to help provide a more secure fit. Read our page about dental overdentures to learn more.
With the right care and attention, your dentures will last a long time and give you the best performance possible.