How to Care for Your Dentures

How to Care for Your Dentures

If you have dentures, your attention to good dental care isn’t over. You have to practice good oral care as diligently as ever.

Why take care of your dentures?

Even though your dentures aren’t your permanent teeth and can be replaced, taking good care of them is important; once you’ve settled in with them and have a good fit, your dentures are precious because they help you live your life comfortably and with confidence. Take good care of them so that they don’t warp or break, and they’ll last you for years.

How to take care of your dentures properly

Clean them every day – Brush with a soft-bristled toothbrush every day to remove plaque and food. Don’t forget to brush your gums and tongue (with dentures out of your mouth) for good oral health, too.

Handle them carefully – Dentures are tough when they’re in your mouth and can handle the chewing of most foods, but they’re actually pretty fragile in your hands. They can shatter or break if dropped. When you handle them, make sure you hold them over a sink full of water or a soft towel. Don’t drop them on the floor.

To remove dentures

  • Take dentures out over a sink full of warm water. This will help keep you from breaking your dentures if you drop them
  • Swish your mouth with warm water or mouthwash
  • Remove the top denture by putting your thumb against your front teeth and pressing upward and outward toward the tip of your nose until it’s free; grasp firmly and remove.
  • Remove your bottom denture by grasping the front with thumb and forefinger, and then pull up on it as you gently rocking back and forth to release it. Grasp it firmly, and then remove.
  • Store them carefully

You should never store your dentures dry or get them very hot. When you’re not wearing them, keep them immersed in clean water or in a special solution that your dentist recommends.

Clean them with the appropriate cleaners

Brush your dentures with a soft bristled toothbrush to remove food and plaque. Brush your teeth and gums with a soft bristled brush, too, or wipe your mouth out with soft gauze dampened with mouthwash. Use a mild, nonabrasive cleanser to clean your dentures. If you’re unsure what you should use, ask your dentist.

Avoid cleaning your dentures with regular toothpaste or “special” toothpaste like whitening toothpaste. Toothpaste meant for natural teeth is abrasive and will damage your dentures.

Use a special cleanser to clean your dentures if you use adhesive

Denture adhesive can help you keep your dentures in place while you’re active, eating and talking, so that you don’t experience slippage. These adhesives come in many forms: powder, cream, wafers or pads, strips, and liquids. Read instructions on the package carefully and use the adhesive exactly as you are directed to.

Ask Dr. Moore for recommendations for appropriate cleansing denture pastes, solutions, and adhesives. If you’re shopping on your own, look for products that come with the American Dental Association seal of acceptance. These have been evaluated for effectiveness and safety.

Visit your dental professional yearly

Visit your dental professional at least once a year. The bony ridges your dentures rest on shrink over time so that your dentures should be refitted, either by relining them or rebasing them; they will also need to be replaced altogether every 5 to 10 years.

If you have any pain or slippage, or notice any changes, report them to Dr. Moore at Star Dental Institute in Colorado Springs to be evaluated. Adjustments should be made or new dentures fitted as soon as possible.

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