If you have lost most of your teeth, then dentures can do a wonderful job at helping restore your smile. However, it is important to care for your dentures properly to prevent damaging them.
Dentures can still collect bacteria and stain just like natural teeth do, so it is important to remove and rinse your dentures after meals. Be sure to always use cool water when cleaning dentures because hot water can warp their shape.
You should brush your dentures once a day. Here are a few of the steps you need to take:
- Remove the dentures
- Using cool water, a soft-bristle toothbrush, and a denture cleanser (not a toothpaste, which can be too abrasive), gently brush your dentures.
- Clean your dentures over a folded towel so they won’t break if you drop them.
- Rinse your dentures after cleaning.
It is important to give your gums rest after wearing dentures all day. Soak your dentures overnight in cool water or a mild denture soaking solution. Be sure to rinse the dentures before putting them back in your mouth
Handling And Replacement
Be careful when handling your dentures. If they become bent, then they can create sores in your mouth. Also be sure to see your dentist every 6 months so they can check the fit. Dentures will usually need replacement every 5 years because your mouth will be changing its shape.
You need to continue keeping good hygiene practices for your mouth and any remaining teeth such as:
- Cleaning your gums before putting in dentures and after their removal. Use a soft-bristle toothbrush to gently brush gums to get rid of plaque, prevent bad breath, and stimulate blood flow.
- Brush and floss any remaining teeth. It is important to keep these teeth in good condition because they help support the jaw bone.
- Continue seeing the dentist for regular check-ups.
If you develop sores in your mouth, the dentures’ fit may be off and needs adjustments done by your dentist.