Caring for Dentures
- Posted on: Feb 15 2019
If you have lost some or all of your teeth, you may have to wear dentures. While this is an older solution for missing teeth, some people aren’t able to have dental implants for one reason or another. That means their only option is dentures. Missing teeth can make it difficult to eat, affect your self-confidence, and affect your entire face by giving your mouth a sunken look. Some people assume dentures are uncomfortable and take a lot of work to maintain, but that’s not the case. Dentures that are correctly made to fit your mouth are very comfortable, and caring for them is incredibly easy. Here’s all you need to know about keeping your dentures in good condition.
Brush them Regularly
You do need to brush your dentures to remove food particles and other debris. Remove them and brush them using a soft-bristle toothbrush in the same way you would brush natural teeth. Rather than toothpaste, however, you will want to use a special denture cleaner. Also, be sure to clean off any denture adhesive that is still stuck to them.
Rinse them After Eating
While this may not always be possible, you should take time to remove your dentures after you eat and rinse them off. This helps to get rid of anything that might be stuck in them.
Handle them Carefully
Dentures are strong, but you can still accidentally bend or break them. Be sure you always carefully handle your dentures when you’re cleaning them. You may even want to put a towel down on the counter so if you drop them, they won’t break.
Soak them Overnight
When you take your dentures out at night, don’t simply place them on the counter. Instead, you need to put them in a small cup full of either water or a soaking solution. This is because dentures actually need to remain damp in order to maintain their proper shape. Once you soak them, be sure you rinse off all of the solution the next morning. You do not want to get any of that in your mouth since it can cause pain or even vomiting if you swallow it. Even if you’re only soaking them in water, you want to rinse your dentures so you remove anything that may have been stuck on them.
What Not to Use
There are a few things you never want to use on your dentures. These include anything abrasive (hard cleansers and hard toothbrushes), whitening toothpastes (they don’t help with dentures), and hot water (it can warp dentures).
Need more help or have any questions about wearing dentures? Give Laurence A. Langer, DDS, a call or contact us online.