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How to Keep Your Dentures in Top Condition

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Dentures can often be more than just a dental device; they can give you your life back if you’ve lost all or most of your teeth. Because your dentures are so important, you will want to treat them with love and care to keep them in the best possible condition.

Caring for Your Dentures

Caring properly for your dentures not only extends their lifespan but also safeguards your oral health. Drawing from expert advice and industry best practices, here’s your guide to keeping your dentures looking and feeling as good as new.

Daily Cleaning

The cornerstone of denture maintenance is daily cleaning. Just like natural teeth, dentures are susceptible to debris and bacteria buildup. To combat this, remove and gently brush your dentures daily with a soft-bristled toothbrush brush and a nonabrasive denture cleaner. Avoid regular toothpaste, which can be too harsh, and scratch dentures, making them more prone to staining and bacteria accumulation.

Soaking Overnight

Dentures must remain moist to retain their shape. Dryness can cause them to warp, leading to discomfort and a poor fit. Soak dentures overnight a mild denture-soaking solution or regular water. Before reinserting them in the morning, rinse them well with water to remove any remaining soaking solution.

Handling with Care

Dentures are durable but not indestructible. Dropping them even a short distance can lead to chips, cracks, or breaks. Always lay a soft towel down when handling your dentures to cushion any accidental falls. Additionally, when inserting or removing your dentures, do so gently to avoid damage.

Mindful Eating

While dentures restore your ability to enjoy a wide range of foods, some caution is advisable. Hard or sticky foods can damage dentures or dislodge them. Cutting food into smaller pieces and chewing evenly on both sides can help prevent damage. Additionally, avoid using your dentures as tools to open packaging or bite nails, as this can lead to unnecessary stress and potential breakage.

Rinse After Meals

After you eat, it is a good idea to remove and rinse your dentures. This simple step removes food debris, making it easier to keep your dentures clean and your mouth healthy. Use cool or warm tap water to rinse, and remember never to soak dentures in boiling water as it can warp their shape.  

Oral Hygiene

Maintaining good oral hygiene is still important for denture wearers. Brush your gums, tongue, and palate twice every day. This removes bacteria and debris, creating a healthier environment for your dentures. For those with partial dentures, continue to care for your remaining natural teeth with the same diligence to prevent tooth decay and gum disease.

Storing Dentures Properly

When not wearing your dentures, store them properly to keep them clean and maintain their shape. This not only prevents them from getting lost but also keeps them away from pets and children, reducing the risk of damage.

Adjustments for a Comfortable Fit

Your mouth naturally changes shape over time, which can affect how your dentures fit. If you start to notice discomfort, slippage, or sores, it’s likely time for an adjustment. Schedule an appointment with your dentist for a professional fitting.

Regular Check-Ups

Regular dental visits when you have dentures are just as important as they have always been. We help keep your gums and remaining teeth healthy and clean. Moreover, your dentist can inspect your dentures for signs of wear and ensure they fit correctly and comfortably. Adjustments or repairs can be made promptly to avoid discomfort or further damage.

Choose a Great Dentist!

Maintaining your dentures is a daily commitment that pays off in the form of a comfortable, confident, and healthy smile.

If you’re experiencing issues with your dentures or it’s time for your regular check-up, it’s that time. Book your next appointment today!

 

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