What is the best way to take care of your removable dentures? To extend the life of your full or partial dentures, follow these tips to care for them.
Clean your dentures after eating
After eating, rinse your dentures to remove food particles and other debris. You don’t necessarily have to brush your dentures every time you eat, but rinsing them with water will prevent bacteria from growing.
Handle your dentures with care
Dentures are delicate and can break if you drop them. When handling them, be mindful to not bend or damage the plastic. Also, don’t boil your dentures or put them in hot water because they may warp and become irreversibly damaged.
Soak your dentures overnight
Most dentures need to stay moist or else they will dry out and won’t keep their shape. When you are ready to go to bed, clean your dentures and place them in water or in a denture-soaking solution overnight.
Rinse your dentures before putting them in place
When you get up in the morning, don’t just put your dentures back in your mouth. You don’t want the denture-soaking solution nor the dirty water to be in your mouth or on your dentures. Simply rinse your dentures before you put them in your mouth in the morning.
Brush your dentures with a soft-bristled brush
Dentures can be easily scratched which is why you need to gently brush them with a soft-bristled brush. Also, do not use toothpaste to brush your dentures as toothpaste contains abrasive cleaning materials than can put micro-scratches in your dentures, which are good hiding places for bacteria.
Brush your dentures twice a day
Just as you would care for your natural teeth, you should brush your dentures twice a day with a nonabrasive denture cleanser which will remove plaque and food particles.
In addition to all of these tips, schedule regular dental checkups and ask about things you can do to care for your dentures. At Williamsville Family Dentistry, we can help answer all questions you may have about your dentures and best practices for taking care of them.