Now that you have your new dentures and are confident with your smile, you must learn how to handle your dentures with care. Proper denture care is vital for both the health of your dentures and your mouth. Caring for your dentures will also help avoid costly repairs.
Here are a few tips on how to take care of your new dentures:
Brush and Rinse Dentures Daily
Just like your natural teeth, dentures need to be brushed and cleaned daily. Removing food and plaque is an easy task, but make sure you are using a soft bristle brush designed for cleaning dentures. Carefully brush the surface of your dentures, avoiding the plastic or metal clasp attachments if they are partial dentures.
Clean Your Dentures With a Denture Cleaner, Not With Toothpaste
When cleaning your dentures, make sure you are using a denture cleaner and not toothpaste. Toothpaste can be pretty abrasive and can cause tiny scratches, this according to denturist Matt McCallum from McCallum Denture Clinic. A recommended denture cleaner will help to gently remove stains and debris without harming the dentures. Brush your gums and tongue as well to prevent oral disease. Make sure you rinse your dentures after each meal, whenever possible.
Soak Dentures Overnight
Use a mild-denture soaking solution to soak your dentures at night. To keep their shape and strength most dentures need to remain moist. Make sure you rinse your dentures with water before putting them back in your mouth in the morning.
See Your Denturist Regularly
It is important to have regular dental visits so that your denturist can make sure that your dentures continue to fit properly and that there are no signs of oral disease. If there is a problem with your dentures, visit your dentist or denturist right away. Do not try to adjust or repair your dentures yourself.