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Properly Caring for Your Dentures

Posted on 1/23/2017 by Keith M. Cooper
A whole pair of dentures.
If you have lost some or all of your teeth, you may have received dentures as a replacement. Dentures are a fantastic way to restore your ability to eat and speak properly as well as return the shape to your face. Here are a few tips to properly care for your dentures to keep them in top condition.

Clean Daily
Dentures should be removed nightly and cleaned. Skip the toothpaste, however, as it is abrasive and can cause invisible scratches on the surface of your dentures, giving bacteria a place to hide.

Use a soft bristled brush to help remove plaque, bacteria, food particles and stains. Brush all surfaces. During the day, be sure to rinse your dentures between meals.

Soak Overnight
Be sure to soak your dentures overnight is a denture cleaning solution. This can help to kill any bacteria that might be hiding in invisible crevices and will help prevent future plaque and bacteria from building up. Soaking your dentures also prevents them from drying out and therefore changing shape. Be careful with which solution you choose, however, if you have dentures with metal pieces, as some solutions can react with the metal.

Handle with Care
When handling your dentures, place a folded towel down on the counter or in the sink. This will prevent them from breaking should you accidentally drop them. Avoid hard bristled brushes and abrasive cleaners. Also, keep them high out of the reach of children or pets.

Take Care of Your Whole Mouth
If you have partial dentures, you should still take care of your natural teeth as you normally would, by brushing and flossing daily. If you have complete dentures, take care of your gums, brushing them with a soft brush to remove any bacteria that may have been lingering on your dentures.

Visit Your Dentist

Just because you may not have natural teeth anymore, that doesn't mean you should skip the dentist. Your dentist can monitor the fit of your dentures as your jaw changes shape. Noticing a change in the way they fit will save you from denture sores and a lot of pain.

Properly caring for your dentures will ensure that you have them right up until the day you need to be fit for a new set, which can be as many as seven years. If you ever notice anything wrong, however, be sure to contact our office immediately.

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