Dentures need proper care just like your natural teeth. In addition, your mouth still needs proper care even when you wear dentures. If you’re new to wearing dentures, you may not have the handle on maintaining your dentures yet. These tips will help you through the process of caring for your dentures and your remaining natural teeth.
Handle Dentures Over a Towel
Dentures are breakable and should not be dropped onto a hard surface. When holding your dentures, handle them over the sink and place a towel inside to pad the fall if you should drop them accidentally. If you’re not feeling steady for any reason, you might need to get help with your dentures from a loved one or friend.
Clean With the Right Cleaner
Never clean your dentures with toothpaste. Normal toothpaste contains tiny abrasive bits that will scratch and pit your dentures over time. Instead, use a dedicated denture cleaner to clean your dentures at home, and use a brush meant for cleaning dentures. The brush you use should be soft-bristled to avoid scratching your dentures.
If you find yourself traveling somewhere and you don’t have your denture cleaner, use a mild soap (like hand soap or equivalent) to clean your dentures.
Brush Daily and Remove Nightly
You should brush your dentures twice daily as with your natural teeth. Ideally, you’ll clean them once at night just before going to bed. If you take your dentures out at night as well, you’ll give your jaw and tissues a chance to recover and you won’t need to clean them in the morning. However, you should still clean them one other time during the day, such as after a meal.
Leave your dentures to sit in a solution overnight, as recommended by your dentist. Most dentures need to stay moist in order to retain their shape, so your dentist will probably recommend that you leave your dentures in water or in a special solution. Put your dentures in the solution after performing a normal cleaning.
Dentures that have metal pieces may start to tarnish if they’re left in water, so be sure to follow your dentist’s instructions about what kind of liquid that the dentures should be left in overnight. Your dentist will be able to tell you how to soak your dentures without damaging the pieces. Do not soak your dentures in hot water or boiling water, as this can cause them to warp.
Rinsing your dentures between meals helps to remove food particles so your teeth will stay clean throughout the day. If you are not able to rinse your dentures, swish water in your mouth after eating.
Brush Your Mouth When the Dentures Come Out
Brushing out your mouth when the dentures come out can help remove plaque and acids that might have built up inside the mouth beneath the dentures. Brushing inside your mouth also stimulates the flow of saliva and can help stimulate blood flow. This stimulation helps the tissues inside your mouth remain healthy. Brush your tongue, your gum line, and the roof of your mouth.
Take Your Denture to the Dentist If Broken
If your denture should become broken at any time, take it to the dentist for a repair. Do not try to repair your dentures yourself as you may inadvertently break them.
Contact Your Dentist for More Questions
If you have more questions about how to care for your dentist, contact a reputable dentist in your area. At Kenneth M. Schweizer, DDS, PA, we’re happy to answer patient questions about denture care. Contact us today for more information.