If you’ve recently started wearing dentures, you know how important they are for maintaining your facial structure and helping you enjoy your favorite meals. Wearing dentures shouldn’t cause you extra work, in fact, they should be taken care of similarly to your original teeth! Teeth in a denture can be made of porcelain or acrylic, but they build up plaque and tartar just like natural teeth. To keep great oral health with your new dentures, it starts by making sure they’re clean and properly fitted. Here are some helpful hints:
- Thoroughly clean your dentures every day.
- Remove and rinse your dentures after eating.
- Soak them in a cleaning solution for about 30 minutes before brushing to loosen tartar and plaque.
- Rinse your dentures before putting them back in your mouth, especially after using a denture-soaking solution.
- Brush your dentures every day with a denture brush and liquid soap or foam cleaner.
- Use non abrasive products to prevent scratching.
- Leave your dentures out overnight to let your gums rest and to prevent inflammation.
- Soak your dentures overnight.
- Clean the cup you store your dentures in at least once a week.
- Replace your denture brush on a yearly basis.
- Avoid contact with abrasive cleaning materials, whitening toothpastes, products with bleach, and hot water.
Each day you should remove your dentures and brush your mouth, tongue, cheeks, and palate. You should also inspect your denture for any broken or cracked areas that may attract a buildup of plaque. At Quirke Dental Surgeons, we’ll monitor your dentures for fit and comfort and will also replace them over time for proper jaw alignment. We will want to see you regularly to monitor your oral tissues and overall health for any changes. To learn more about how to properly care for your dentures, contact us today!