How to Care for Your Dentures

dentures1If you have removable full or partial dentures, knowing how to care for them properly can help you avoid costly repairs and ensure good oral health. Here are some basic tips:

  • Handle your dentures carefully. Be sure you don’t bend or damage the plastic or the clasps when cleaning. It helps to place a towel on the counter or in the sink or put some water in the sink so your teeth won’t break if you drop them.
  • Remove and rinse dentures after eating to remove food debris and other loose particles.
  • Brush your dentures when you remove them at night. Brush them gently using a soft-bristled denture brush and a non-abrasive denture cleanser that bears the American Dental Association (ADA) Seal of Acceptance, or mild hand soap. If you use denture adhesive, clean the grooves that fit against your gums to remove any remaining adhesive. Do not use denture cleansers inside your mouth.
  • Be sure to brush your gums, tongue and palate (the roof of your mouth) every evening and in the morning before reinserting your dentures. Keeping your whole mouth clean helps keep your dentures clean. Brushing stimulates circulation in your mouth and gums, and helps remove plaque buildup.
  • Soak your dentures overnight and when you are not otherwise wearing them. To keep from drying out or losing their shape, dentures need to be kept moist. Soak them in water or a dentist-recommended cleansing solution, but avoid soaking in hot water, which may cause them to distort.
  • Rinse dentures before putting them back in your mouth, especially if using a denture-soaking solution. These solutions can contain harmful chemicals that cause vomiting, pain or burns if swallowed.
  • Avoid using whitening products to clean your dentures, and do not soak them in solutions that contain bleach or chlorine.
  • See the dentist right away if you have problem with the fit of your dentures. Loose dentures can cause irritation, sores and infection. Your dentist can make adjustments to improve comfort and prevent more serious problems in the future.
  • Be sure to keep your regular, follow-up dental appointments to maintain good oral health.

Dr. Douglas Angell and the staff at Angell’s Dentistry want you to have the best experience possible with your dentures.  Give us a call to schedule an appointment for a dental checkup and be sure to visit our website at: www.angellsdentistry.com.

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