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Caring for DenturesCaring for Dentures Tips

Dentures are designed to replace missing teeth in the mouth. Consisting of false teeth secured to a gum-colored base, dentures offer both functional and cosmetic benefits to people who have missing teeth. 

Despite the fact that dentures are false teeth, they still need to be meticulously cared for, just like natural teeth. By taking good care of your dentures, you can prevent damage to them and preserve your oral health. 

These are some habits that you’ll need to adopt for caring for dentures:

Caring for Dentures Tip #1: Cleaning

Cleaning your dentures is important to prevent the growth of plaque and bacteria on the false teeth. We recommend cleaning them every night with a soft-bristled brush made specifically for dentures. Don’t use regular toothpaste to brush your dentures. Instead, use a mild soap like a gentle dishwashing detergent. 

Caring for Dentures Tip #2: Soaking

After taking your dentures out for the night, place them in water or a gentle solution made specifically for soaking dentures. It’s important to soak dentures when you’re not wearing them for an extended period so that they don’t lose their shape. To ensure that you properly soak your dentures, check with your dentist about the ideal storage and soaking solution. 

Caring for Dentures Tip #3: Rinsing

After you eat, make sure to remove your dentures and rinse them thoroughly. This will remove food particles and debris. As you rinse your dentures, however, it’s important to handle them carefully to avoid bending the plastic or damaging the clasps. 

Caring for Dentures Tip #4: Regular Dental Check-Ups

Visit your dentist regularly so that the dentures can be professionally examined and cleaned. Your dentist will also check the fit of the dentures and the condition of the inside of your mouth to address any concerns with the gums or remaining natural teeth. 

Schedule an appointment at 19th Avenue Dental for more information about dentures.