Dentures are a useful alternative for replacing any missing teeth and replenishing the beauty of your smile. But for anyone who has either partial or full dentures, the importance of keeping them properly cleaned and maintained can’t be overstated. So here are some useful tips to ensure that your dentures look and feel their best for the long term.
Getting Used to Your Dentures
If you just received new dentures, some initial discomfort is normal. But this does subside after a short adjustment period as you grow used to having them in your mouth. You may notice some soreness at first or feel yourself producing excess saliva. Neither of these are cause for alarm and you should experience these issues for a short period of time. Just let yourself grow accustomed to your new appliance and before long you won’t even know it’s there.
Be sure to take your dentures out after meals and run them under water to dislodge any food particles that might have gotten stuck inside of them. You should also clean out your mouth, particularly all contact points where your dentures meet the gums so they are free of any food or other contaminants that might cause plaque build-up. Brush your dentures at least once a day to keep them clean, the same as you would with your regular teeth.
Be Careful When Handling Your Dentures
Dentures are fragile. So cleaning them too hard or dropping them by mistake could result in costly damage to the appliance. So when you clean them do so over a soft towel or a bowl filled with water, in the event that you do drop them these will provide the appliance with a forgiving landing area. Avoid using strong or abrasive cleaners and choose only a soft-bristled toothbrush for brushing.
Keep Them Moist
It’s not a good idea to sleep in your dentures, so take them out at night and place them in a glass of water or special denture-cleaning liquid to keep them from drying out and becoming warped. Be sure to keep that glass away from children or pets that could knock it over and damage the appliance. In the morning, give them a rinse with fresh clean water before you affix them back into your mouth.
Use all adhesive materials as directed either by your dentist or with the instructions included with the product. You have a number of options as to adhesives and you may need to try out a few before you find the one that is right for you and your dentures.