How to Take Good Care of Dentures

An older woman admiring her new dentures

So, you’ve just gotten a new pair of dentures? That’s great – these prosthetic teeth will restore your whole smile and boost your quality of life! Still, do note that your restorations need upkeep. They could easily cause oral issues if they don’t get regular maintenance. Luckily enough, your local dentist knows how to take care of dentures. With that said, here are four helpful tips on keeping your new pearly whites functional.

Remove & Rinse Them After Meals

Following a meal, it’s best to tidy yourself up. Therefore, make sure to remove and rinse your dentures after eating.

You see, dentures easily pick up food debris over time. These “leftovers” can cause inflamed or infected gums if left alone. As such, you should rinse your restorations in a sink to avoid that outcome. You’d also be wise to put a towel in the sink basin – it’d keep your dentures from breaking due to a fall.

Brush Them Once Daily

Of course, rinses aren’t enough to fully clean dentures. It’s also crucial that you brush the prosthetics at least once daily.

Overall, brushing dentures is a simple process. Once they’re out of your mouth, just brush them gently with a soft-bristled toothbrush and nonabrasive cleanser. (Don’t use regular toothpaste; its ingredients can wear down denture material.) If you tend to use denture adhesive, clean the grooves that fit against your gums as well.

Soak Them Overnight

As lifelike as they are, don’t try to wear dentures to bed. Instead, soak them overnight in a cleansing solution while you sleep.

The simple fact is that constant denture use isn’t good for you. By wearing the prosthetics overnight, you’d irritate your gums and let them accumulate bacteria. The habit could also affect your saliva flow and result in denture stomatitis.

Have Them Checked Often

Even if you’re careful, you can’t notice or fix all denture issues yourself. To compensate, it’s best to let a dentist examine your restorations often.

Remember, a dentist is an expert in oral appliances. They’ll recognize if your dentures are ill-fitting or causing mouth problems. From there, they can perform adjustments or get you new prosthetics. You’ll then be free to enjoy the benefits of your restored smile.

When you know how to take care of dentures, your mouth is safer than ever. That being the case, remember the tips above – you’ll be glad you did!

About the Practice

Smile Rejuvenations is based in Bonita Springs, FL. Led by Dr. Breanne Dufault, our practice provides you with truly comprehensive dental care. We thus offer preventive, cosmetic, and restorative services, as well as emergency oral treatments. Naturally, then, our treatment offerings also include dentures and other tooth replacement options. If you’d like more information or to book a visit, please reach us on our website or by phone at (262)-672-2393.